A scuffle between a Texas police officer and woman over a Taser resulted in the woman being fatally shot by the officer. The shooting was captured on video and circulated around social media. In the video, the woman can clearly be heard shouting, “I'm pregnant," moments before she was shot.
According to Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris, the woman who was killed in the officer-involved shooting was identified as Pamela Turner. Dorris says his department confirmed she was not pregnant. Whether the determination was made through an autopsy is still unclear.
Lt. Dorris said that the incident started when an officer who had a previous encounter with Turner saw her and approached to make an arrest for outstanding warrants. Once the struggle started, Dorris said the officer was forced to use his Taser. During the struggle, Dorris said Turner managed to get control of the Taser and used it on the officer, forcing the officer to fire several shots at her.
Turner was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lt. Dorris said the following after a preliminary investigation determined it was necessary for the officer to use deadly force:
“If somebody takes your Taser away from you and starts tasing you, there's a very good likelihood that this is going to escalate and get very bad for the officer from there. It's unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and starts posting it on social media. It's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved. But that's the day and age we live in with social media”
However, witnesses say that Turner might have had mental issues. Raquel Cuellar said, “Sometimes you would see her, you know, get into it with people around the apartments, but nothing too, you know, bad. It's just, you know, just typical her. She's not a bad person. She didn't hurt nobody."
People also tweeted that the officer tasered the unarmed woman twice and shot at her five times while she was on the ground, unarmed.
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