Published on October 24th, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene


Deputies Shoot, Kill Pregnant Native Woman on Muckleshoot Reservation

A pregnant Native American woman was shot and killed by King County Sheriff’s Deputies during a welfare check last Friday, according to the News Tribune.

Renee Davis, 23, was a single mother and, according to her foster sister, was five months pregnant, the Tacoma newspaper reported.

The deputies were reportedly conducting a wellness check at Davis’ home, which is located on Muckleshoot tribal land. Davis had reportedly been experiencing depression and texted someone earlier that night to say shes was “in a bad way.”

When deputies arrived, Davis reportedly pointed a handgun at them. The deputies shot her in front of her two children, ages 2 and 3. A third child, age 5, was reportedly not home.

KOMO News reports that deputies tried to get someone to come to the door to no avail, and that they could see children running around inside.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Davis’ foster sister, Danielle Bargala, told the News Tribune her family has “a lot of questions” about what happened after deputies arrived at Davis’ home. The sheriff’s office declined to comment, telling the paper only that “deputies, investigating a report of someone suicidal, found a young woman with a handgun and two small children in the house.”

The two deputies involved — an 8-year veteran and a 3-year deputy — have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, according to KOMO.

Davis’ death is an unfortunate reminder that, according to recent research, Native Americans are more likely than any other racial group to be killed by police.

Featured Photo: Renee Davis (Photo from Facebook)

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