Officers Jason Anderson and Steven McNew said they killed Charleena Lyles when she attacked them with a knife. A lawsuit against the two Seattle police officers who shot Charleena Lyles while responding to a burglary call at her apartment in 2017 has been dismissed.
King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector dismissed the case brought by Lyles’ family against officers Jason Anderson and Steven McNew with prejudice, according to summary judgment. A lawsuit against the City of Seattle stands. The family claimed Seattle police violated Lyles’ civil rights, that its officers were negligent, and that they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because she was mentally ill.
The two officers responded to a burglary call to Lyles’ home at the Solid Ground housing complex on June 18, 2017. When they arrived, according to police reports, she allowed the officers into her apartment before pulling out a knife and advancing toward them. The officers shot her multiple times.
Lyles, who was pregnant, was known by Seattle police for having a mental condition and was told by a judge earlier in the year to get a mental health evaluation.
After the shooting, many wondered why the officers couldn’t stop Lyles using with non-lethal force. Seattle Police Officers’ Guild President Kevin Stuckey explained officers are trained to meet “deadly force with deadly force.” Neither officer was carrying a Taser.