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Inquest ordered into fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles by Seattle police


King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered an inquest into the death of Charleena Lyles, and requested King County Superior Court provide a courtroom for the proceeding.


Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles, 30, by Seattle police officers on June 18, 2017.

The purpose of inquests is to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement within King County while performing his or her duty.

A pool of retired judges serves as pro tem Inquest Administrators to oversee the process. King County Superior Court provides a courtroom as required by state law. A Staff Attorney hired on a pro tem basis assists the Administrators and will run the proceedings. The chief law enforcement officer of the involved agency will testify about the department’s use of force policy and training.

A jury of no more than six will be asked to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the death. Instead of being asked whether the officer had reason to fear for their life, the panel will now be asked to determine whether the officer’s actions complied with department training and policy.

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For more information, contact:

Alex Fryer, Executive Office, 206-477-7966

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Dow Constantine
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