Police say woman killed by Texas cop was not pregnant, claim she tasered the officer before he shot her
The officer, whose identity has not been revealed but who has been described as Hispanic, has now been placed on paid administrative leave according to department policy
The authorities in Texas revealed on Tuesday, May 14 that the 44-year-old woman who was seen in a horrific video getting shot and killed by a police officer just after shouting "I'm pregnant", was not an expectant mother after all. Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris confirmed to the media in a statement that the identity of the victim is Pamela Turner, and that "she was not pregnant".
KPRC reported that according to the authorities, Turner reportedly hit the officer in the groin with his own Taser and shocked him. It was reportedly in response to this that the officer fired multiple rounds at the woman, which struck her at least once.
The officer, whose identity has not been revealed but who has been described as Hispanic, has now been placed on paid administrative leave according to department policy. The 11-year veteran of the department was in the middle of patrolling the Brixton Apartments complex on Garth Road on Monday night and attempted to arrest Turner as she had outstanding warrants. The officer had also reportedly dealt with her earlier.
In the video that has been circulating online, Turner can be heard saying: "You’re actually harassing me" and "I’m actually walking to my house". Turner is then seen on the ground and appears to be reaching out toward the officer when she seems to say, "I'm pregnant". The officer fires five shots from his handgun moments later which kills her.
According to KPRC, Turner's sister Antoinette said that Turner had two children in their 20s and three young grandchildren. Antoinette also revealed that her 44-year-old sister was on medication for schizophrenia at the time of the incident.
Antoinette also said that the officer who killed Turner was her sister's neighbor in the apartment complex and that Turner had previously complained about him harassing her. Court records show that the young grandmother had three warrants out for her arrest in a charge of assault resulting in bodily harm and two counts of criminal mischief. Her criminal records also included an April 25 arrest on charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
According to heavy.com, Baytown Police Lieutenant Dorris said in a Facebook post on the force's official account, which has since been taken down: "It is very early in the investigation 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."
"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."
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