Police in Washington shot and killed a 23-year-old pregnant woman during a wellness check on Friday after receiving a call that she may be suicidal.

According to the sheriff’s department, when they arrived at Renee Davis‘ home on the Muckleshoot reservation, they found her armed with a handgun.

What led up to two officers firing on Renee and killing her, while her two small children were in the house, remains unknown.


“They tried repeatedly to get somebody to come to the door, nobody did. But, they could see the two kids running around inside the house,” King County Sheriff Dept. Sgt. Cindi West told KOMO News. West said officers “found her in the house and she was armed with a handgun.”

Davis had a history of depression and was five months pregnant with her fourth child, said her foster sister Danielle Bargala. She had three other children, ages 2, 3, and 5.

“She was such a soft person,” Bargala said.

Davis is one of the 32 women shot and killed by police this year, according to the Washington Post, and 13 of those women were listed as mentally ill.

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