Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


Pregnant woman shot, killed by Texas officer during struggle over Taser

The officer was wearing a bodycam police said The officer was wearing a bodycam police said
Bennie Garza | 14 May, 2019, 23:47

A shaky cellphone video captured the moments before a Texas police officer shot and killed a woman who said she was pregnant. The officer backs away, and she sits up.

The news release also states that as the officer attempted to handcuff the woman, she gained control of his taser and used it on the officer.

It has not been confirmed whether she was pregnant and a post-mortem will be carried out to establish if she was.

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

Turner had three outstanding warrants, according to KPRC: two for criminal mischief and one for assault.

Dorris told reporters that police would like to interview the person who witnessed the shooting and made the video, though he was critical of the decision to post it to social media. The fight continued, the officer backed off and then five shots were heard, as seen in the video shared by the Houston TV station.

"During the course of the attempted arrest, the female began struggling with the officer, which forced the officer to deploy his Taser", Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said in a statement to the media. "I'm actually walking to my house".

"It's a tragic event for everybody involved", Dorris said during an interview with local CBS affiliate KHOU.

Residents of the apartment complex told the station that Turner was harmless and that she typically just walked around the neighborhood with her pet.

The officer involved is an 11-year veteran of the Baytown Police Department. The officer has been "placed on administrative leave", KPRC reported.

"It's unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and posts it on social media", Dorris said. "That's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved".

Police also said the woman, whose name has not yet been released, is someone they've dealt with in the past.

The unidentified officer was patrolling the area when he saw the woman-identified by family as Pamela Turner-who he apparently recognized from "prior dealings".

The video of the police shooting can be seen on the next page.

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