Charleena Lyles Autopsy Report Released
A newly released autopsy report shows Charleena Lyles, the woman who was killed by Seattle police after calling them about a burglary at her apartment, was shot 7 times and she was 14 to 15 weeks pregnant when she died.
Via Seattle Times:
The report, released by an attorney representing Lyles’ father, Charles Lyles, also states the 30-year-old mother had no drugs or alcohol in her system when she was fatally shot during a June 18 confrontation with two police officers at her Northeast Seattle apartment.
Three of the gunshots fired by officers Jason Anderson and Steven McNew struck Lyles in the front of the torso and chest, three struck her in the back or rear of her arm, and one grazed the side of her ribs, according to the report.
Several of the wounds would have been life-threatening on their own, including the one that cut through her uterus and the fetus, according to an autopsy performed by the King
Police have said the two officers fired their weapons when Lyles lunged at one of them with one or two knives.
“I thought I was at the low point of being sad, but the sadness just got worse,” Charles Lyles said through his attorney, Karen Koehler. “Hearing the details of the shooting just makes me feel more empty. I lost my daughter and my next grandson. I just don’t have the words.”
Koehler said the family decided to release the autopsy and toxicology reports to challenge some assumptions in the media and public discourse about Lyles.
“If you have been reading the dialogue you might have assumed she was a poor, single black woman with multiple children who must have been on drugs, and that is a false assumption and a false narrative,” Koehler said.
Charleena’s siblings and cousins are outraged by the release of the autopsy report saying Koehler never obtained permission from the family to make it public.
A statement issued on behalf of Lyles’ sisters, brother and cousins said they denounced the release of the autopsy report. The statement said Koehler did not consult with attorneys representing the rest of the family before releasing the report to the media.
“In so doing, she placed Charleena’s children in a position of possibly having to hear about details of their mother’s killing on the news or at school without any preparation,” the release said.
Karen Koehler is prepping a wrongful death suit for the fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles.