Anderson's description was contained in transcripts of recorded interviews with Anderson and another officer, Steven McNew, who shot Lyles after she summoned the officers to her Northeast Seattle apartment to investigate what she described as a burglary of her apartment.
Earlier this week the city released the dashcam audio from moments before the shooting, in which the officers noted that she had trouble with them before.
It also threatens to undermine the strides Seattle police have made in regaining public trust since a series of troubling events, including the unnecessary killing of a Native American woodcarver by an officer in 2010, prompted the DOJ's investigation. As the knife-wielding Lyles approached both officers, McNew called on Anderson to use the stun gun inside. Her family and community members blasted their decision to use deadly force on the mother of four and questioned why other alternatives weren't used.
The officers responded to the apartment after Lyles reported a burglary.
Over the past year, family members say she had struggled with depression but had sought help.
Anderson, who joined the department in 2015, said he drew his pistol, asked for fast backup on his radio and, along with McNew, told Lyles to "get back".
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"She's actually the one to dial 911 and ... she ends up dead on the floor in front of her children", he told the crowd Tuesday night. She told him that she had left about two to three hours ago and when she came back, the door was open.
"Her life wasn't flawless, like none of us are", he said. She always smiled, even when facing obstacles.
Lyles, whom relatives called "Leena", grew up in Seattle and was largely raising two boys and two girls on her own - including a 4-year girl with Down syndrome - but she had a supportive network of siblings, cousins, aunts and others, Williams said.
After the shooting, McNew said, 'one of the little babies crawls out from behind and right on top of her, her upper body, you know resting his head against her'.
But a video posted Wednesday in which Sgt. Sean Whitcomb discussed Sunday's fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles struck many as inappropriate, although Whitcomb's video-game character just walked around rather than firing any shots.
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