A young woman of Native heritage at five months pregnant was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in King County, Washington last Friday (October 21st).
According to The News Tribune, a local newspaper based in the Tacoma area, Renee Davis (pictured), 23, a single mother of three children was converged upon by law enforcement at her home in Auburn around 6:30 p.m. Friday evening. The Tribune spoke with Danielle Bargala, the deceased victim’s foster sister about the tragic incident.
Bargala is law student at Seattle University. She told The Tribune that Davis texted someone earlier that evening expressing concerns about deep depression. King County deputies initially came to Davis’s residence to perform a welfare check on her.
A spokesperson with the King County Sheriff’s Office later claimed that deputies converged on the residence after being informed about a woman who was suicidal in her house where she lived with two young children.
Bargala told The Tribune that Davis’s other child was staying with some friends of hers at the time of the fatal shooting.
“It’s really upsetting because it was a wellness check,” Bargala told The Tribune. “Obviously, she didn’t come out of it well,” she continued.
Bargala also said that she never knew Davis to be violent and felt she was a responsible gun owner. She added that Davis was not a harsh disciplinarian toward her children. “[Davis owned a hunting rifle] and she loved hunting,” Bargala said. “She was such a soft person,” she continued.
Thus far, the King County Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed any details, which would have justified Davis as a threat that would warrant for them fatally shooting her as she was five months pregnant last Friday evening.
No civilian or law enforcement witnesses have come forward to confirm that there was a proper deescalation process in place that could have prevented Davis’s murder. Her children are reportedly staying with relatives.