Police were called to Renee Davis’ house to check up on her well being, she wound up dead.
Renee Davis was a 23-year old mother of three with one more on the way. She was struggling with depression and having an especially rough day on Friday, Oct. 21. In a show of strength, she reached out to a friend for help, texting them that she was having a hard time.
That person called the police, asking them to check on her friend. That’s when things get sketchy.
According to the Seattle Times, police showed up at the house, saying they had been alerted about an armed, suicidal woman with two children inside. They knocked on the door repeatedly, but got no answer. When they forced their way into the home, they say they were confronted by Davis, with a handgun, and had no choice but to shoot her down. Two of her children, ages 2 and 3, were at home when this happened. Her other child, a five year old was at family member’s house.
Davis’ foster sister Danielle Bargala says that she had an history of depression, but not one of violence. She also says that she never knew the “soft” Davis to own a handgun, but that she did own a rifle that she used for hunting.
“It’s really upsetting because it was a wellness check,” Bargala told reporters. “Obviously, she didn’t come out of it well.”
Davis’ children are now staying with relatives while the cops who killed her have been placed on administrative leave. King County Police are currently investigating themselves to find out what happened to make the officers shoot a pregnant woman in front of her kids.
Unfortunately this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of police killing someone in what was supposed to be a wellness check. We’ve also seen them shoot a man who was a caretaker for an Autistic man, later admitting that they were actually aiming for the Autistic man.