Last night, a woman was fatally shot by a police officer in Baytown, Texas. Video of the incident shows the woman claiming to be pregnant before she was shot repeatedly.
Later identified as 44-year-old Pamela Turner, the woman was known to police and had three outstanding warrants. She was the mother of two adult children in their 20s, and a grandmother of three. Turner was also allegedly diagnosed with schizophrenia and on medication for the condition.
The validity of her claim of pregnancy is yet to be determined, pending a full autopsy.
Shooting Prompted by Altercation
Authorities say the officer had been patrolling the Brixton Apartments complex on Garth Road when he attempted to arrest Turner.
However, when Turner allegedly nabbed the cop’s taser and tried to use it against him, that’s when things turned ugly.
The woman is seen on the ground, reaching towards the officer, when she apparently is heard saying, “I’m pregnant.” Seconds later, five shots were fired, killing her.
Turner’s sister Antionette claimed that the officer who shot her was a neighbor, living in the same apartment complex. She also noted that Turner had complained of the same officer harassing her before.
Baytown Police Statement
“It is very early in the investigation,” wrote Lt. Steve Dorris of the Baytown Police Department Facebook page. “However what detectives have learned thus far is one of our officers, an 11 year veteran with the department, was patrolling an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Garth Road when he came across a 45-year-old female that he knew from previous encounters and knew she had outstanding warrants.”
Dorris continued: “The officer contacted the female and attempted to arrest her at which time a struggle ensued, forcing the officer to deploy his department-issued Taser at the female.
It appears that as the officer was then attempting to handcuff the female she was able to gain control of his Taser and turned it on the officer, Tasing the officer, which forced the officer to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the female, striking her at least once.”
Turner was declared dead at the scene. It is not immediately clear from the video whether the incident happened specifically as described.