Texas police officer kills woman during arrest attempt

Baytown Lt. Dorris discusses fatal shooting of woman heard on video shouting 'I'm pregnant'

Baytown Lt. Dorris discusses fatal shooting of woman heard on video shouting 'I'm pregnant'

An investigation has been launched after a Texas police officer shot and killed a woman during an arrest after she shouted, "I'm pregnant".

Baytown Police have reportedly claimed the woman was shot after she grabbed the officer's Taser and used it on him.

The woman - identified by family as grandmother-of-three Pamela Turner, 44 - was shown struggling to resist arrest for outstanding warrants outside an apartment complex in Baytown on Monday night, KPRC Click2Houston reported.

"You're actually harassing me", Turner says after she managed to break free from the officer's grip.

After approaching her, a "struggle ensued" causing the officer to use his Taser. Moments later, something flashes as she reaches her arm out toward the officer.

Dorris has said that in addition to this bystander video, there is likely also video from the officer's bodycam. There's a struggle and then she's tased.

Video of the altercation shows that things quickly escalated between the officer and Turner as the law enforcement official attempted to place Turner in handcuffs. "I'm actually walking to my house".

Witness video of the incident was widely circulated on social media overnight. Dorris said the officer is an 11-year veteran of the force. Turner, who is lying on the ground outside the apartments in Baytown, yells "I'm pregnant".

"It's unfortunate that someone takes a tragic incident like this and starts posting it on social media", said Dorris. It is not known how many times she was shot, but she died at the scene, reports KHOU11.

Mr Dorris said police would like to speak to the person who filmed the video.

Police have not named the officer, who was placed on leave.

The Baytown Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney's Office are investigating the fatal shooting. "We would often see her, see her walk her dog around", resident Raquelle Cuellar told local television news channel KTRK-TV Houston. "Of course, our hearts go out to the family of the deceased as well as our officer".

Although the bystander's video has been circulating on social media and was met with huge backlash, Dorris said the officer's body cam video won't be released just yet as the investigation continues. It's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved.

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