Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Texas officer fatally shoots woman after struggle over Taser, police say

Texas officer fatally shoots woman after struggle over Taser, police say

An investigation has been launched after a Texas police officer shot and killed a woman during an arrest after she shouted, "I'm pregnant". The report goes on to say that the officer knew the woman had outstanding warrants, so he approached her to arrest her. In the 30-second footage, the woman can be heard telling the officer, "I'm actually walking to my house", and shouting, "I'm pregnant", before she's shot.

The woman is alleged to have taken the Taser from the officer while he was attempting to put handcuffs on her and used it against him. Then he shoots - rapidly, five times.

The officer's name has not been released, but Baytown police said he is an 11-year veteran of the department.

According to a database of fatal police shootings created by the Washington Post, at least 323 people in the United States have been shot and killed by police so far in 2019. While on her back, she appears to scuffle with the officer, saying "Why?"

"You're actually harassing me", she said, before the two fall to the ground.

"It's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved, but that's the day and age we live in with social media".

The struggle continued, and according to Baytown police, the woman "was able to gain control of the Taser and used it on the officer". At that point, while on the ground and struggling with the officer, she said, "I'm pregnant", but also appeared to grab the stun gun and apply it to the officer's groin, Dorris said.

Authorities say that Turner resisted arrest, prompting the officer to use his Taser.

The woman, identified as Pamela Turner, is a 44-year-old grandmother of three according to news reports.

Dorris said police were aware of the video circulating on social media and that investigators want to talk to the person who took the video, because he or she was a witness to the shooting. That is when an unidentified Baytown officer recognized her from prior encounters.

Residents told KPRC 2 that Turner was a resident of the apartment complex and frequently walked late at night to smoke cigarettes or walk her dogs.

The shooting is also being investigated by officials with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Per department policy, the officer has been placed on three days of paid administrative leave, the Baytown reported. "We owe it to everyone involved, including the decedent, to do a professional investigation", he said.

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