5-Months Pregnant Woman Shot By Police on WA Indian Reservation
On Friday night, a police involved shooting on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation in Washington resulted in the death of 23-year-old Renee Davis, said the King County Sheriff’s Office. Davis was five months pregnant at the time, said relatives.
King County deputies came to perform a welfare check on Davis, who suffered from depression and informed a friend that she was in a very bad way. According to the sheriff’s office, the responding deputies received word that there was a suicidal woman with a handgun and two children present.
Davis’s foster sister Danielle Bargala was not aware she owned a handgun. Bargala was only familiar with the hunting rifle that Davis frequently used.
When police arrived on the scene, they checked to see if Davis would respond to their presence.
“They tried repeatedly to get somebody to come to the door, nobody did,” King County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Cindi West told Komo News. “But, they could see the two kids running around inside then house.”
Eventually the deputies forced their way into the home and saw Davis holding a weapon, said police. The officers then fired multiple shots, killing her on site.
After hearing news of her sister’s death, Bargala — as well as other family members — had many questions about what exactly led to the shooting.
“It’s really upsetting because it was a wellness check,” Bargala told the Seattle Times. “Obviously, she didn’t come out of it well.”
Davis was the mother to three children, ages 2, 3 and 5. As of right now, the priority for the family is figuring out where the children will go.
This case stood out to Seattle lawyer Ryan Dreveskracht because of the similarity to other cases where officers failed to properly diffuse a situation with a mentally ill person. Dreveskracht believes all Washington police departments should re-train their officers with the de-escalation techniques used by the Seattle Police Department.