Texas officer shoots and kills woman after stun-gun struggle

15 May, 2019, 05:29 | Author: Emmett Rice

A shocking and violent video showing a suburban Houston police officer fatally shooting a Black woman who yelled "I'm pregnant" right before he fired at her in an attempt to arrest her for outstanding warrants. The two appear to struggle and the woman falls to the ground.

In the video, which is circulating on social media, Turner is heard saying "You're actually harassing me" and "I'm actually walking to my house" before falling to the ground. The police officer encountered the woman while he was on patrol. In a Facebook post, the Baytown Police Department said that the officer recognized the woman "from previous encounters".

Dorris says the officer opened fire after the woman grabbed the officer's Taser and used it against him.

'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. As she is sitting on the pavement, with a lit object in her hand, five shots ring out and she slumps over. The officer then attempted to render aid to the woman but she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Dorris.

He added, "It's a tragic event for everybody involved. We would often see her, see her walk her dog around". Police will not confirm if Turner was pregnant until an autopsy is completed.

"It's unfortunate that someone takes a tragic incident like this and starts posting it to social media".

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At this time, the officer who shot Turner has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting. "Of course, our hearts go out to the family of the deceased as well as our officer". "It was a sad situation", Cuellar said.

"The officer is an 11-year veteran with the Baytown Police Department and as far as I know, this is the first shooting he's been involved in", said Police Lieutenant Steve Dorris.

Dorris said he believes the officer was wearing a body cam, but the video will not immediately be released as the investigation continues.

Turner's sister told KPRC that Turner was on medication for schizophrenia and that she had two children and three grandchildren.

"That's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved". Suddenly, the officer pulls away from Turner, steps back and fires five gunshots.


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