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Cops Kill Suicidal Woman During Welfare Check (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Two deputies fatally shot a suicidal 23-year-old woman on Oct. 21 after they entered her home on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation near Auburn, Washington, to do a welfare check  (video below).

The Seattle Times identified the woman as Renee Davis.

Danielle Bargala, Davis' foster sister, told the newspaper that Davis was five months pregnant, was experiencing problems with depression and had texted someone that she was not doing well.

The person who received the text called 911.

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King County Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West said the deputies responded to a 911 call about a possibly suicidal woman with a rifle, notes KCPQ:

They knocked on the door, nobody answered. They tried repeatedly to get somebody to come to the door, nobody did, but they could see the two kids running around inside the house. They entered the house to do a welfare check on the woman that lived there.

They found her in the house and she was armed with a handgun. Now, I don't know what led up to the shooting. I do know both deputies fired. I don't know how many times she was struck.

The officers were put on paid administrative leave as the incident is investigated.

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Bargala and other family members have several questions about the fatal shooting.

Bargala told The Seattle Times that Davis had a third child who was with a friend of the family during the incident.

According to Bargala, her foster sister loved hunting and owned a rifle, but Bargala added that she didn't know if Davis owned a handgun.

"She was such a soft person," Bargala told the newspaper.

"It’s really upsetting because it was a wellness check," Bargala added. "Obviously, she didn’t come out of it well."

Sources: KCPQ, The Seattle Times / Photo credit: Danielle Bargala via The Seattle Times

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