A 23-year-old Washington woman, who was five months pregnant, was shot and killed by police conducting a wellness check on Friday, The Seattle Times reports.
Renee Davis, a mother to three children, aged two, three and five, sent a text to friends and family earlier in the day Friday warning of suicidal urges, reports the news outlet.
The unnamed source alerted authorities, who arrived at her home on the Muckleshoot tribal lands around 6:30 p.m, according to The Seattle Times.
In a news release obtained by the outlet, King County Sheriff’s deputies said they knocked on Davis’ door but received no response. Two deputies entered and found Davis with a handgun, prompting both deputies to open fire–at least one bullet fatally struck Davis. Authorities told The Times two small children were home at the time of the incident.
Davis’ sister, Danielle Bargala, called her sister a “soft person,” and said her family questions the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
“It’s really upsetting because it was a wellness check,” Bargala told The Times. “Obviously, she didn’t come out of it well.”
Bargala was unaware her sister was in possession of a handgun, but acknowledged that Davis owned a rifle because she indulged in hunting.
The King County Sheriff’s Department released no further information other than the initial written statement, the Times reports and both officers are on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
The King County Sheriff’s Department will make more information available after police give their statements to investigators, the outlet writes.
SOURCE: The Seattle Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter