Renee Davis, a mother of three with a fourth on the way, was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in Auburn, Washington this past Friday. 

Authorities arrived at the 23-year-old’s home on Muckleshoot tribal land for a wellness check, according to The News Tribune. Davis, who has struggled with depression, reached out to a friend on Friday to let them know that she wasn’t doing well. Authorities claim that they found Davis with a handgun.

“They tried repeatedly to get somebody to come to the door, nobody did. But, they could see the two kids running around inside then house,” King County Sheriff’s Office media relations officer Cindi West KOMO.

The two children were Davis’ two and three year old – her five-year-old was visiting friends that night.

Her foster sister, Danielle Bargala, has a lot of questions about how a wellness check could’ve taken such a drastic turn and become violent. She didn’t know whether or not her sister owned a handgun, but did say that she owned a hunting rifle because she liked to hunt.

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

Yet again, we’ve seen an interaction between authorities and people with mental health needs become fatal. Surely something can be done to prevent these tragedies.

While authorities arrived on the scene to assist Davis, she was killed.

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