- Baytown police say an officer fatally shot a woman outside of an apartment complex.
In a Snapchat recording of the shooting, the woman yelled she was pregnant before being shot, however, according to local reports, that claim was not able to be supported by the woman's family. The 45-year-old woman had prior encounters with the police and the officer knew she had outstanding warrants so he stopped to arrest her, according to a Facebook statement from the police department.
According to U.S. media, the officer, who has not been named, is an 11-year-old veteran of the Baytown Police Department He has been placed on paid administrative leave, Dorris said, adding that this is standard protocol. The officer deployed his Taser on the woman, but, as he was trying to handcuff her, she apparently got hold of the device and used it on him. The officer then shot at the woman multiple times with his firearm.
Moments later he killed her.
"I'm pregnant!" the woman shouts repeatedly as she is pinned to the ground by an officer, in the footage captured on a mobile phone.
The video of what happened Monday night shows the officer and Turner engaged in a struggle after he tried to arrest her. "You're actually harassing me".
Baytown police are not giving the name of the officer in question.
She is also heard screaming, "I'm pregnant".
"It's unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and posts it on social media", Dorris said.
Turner's sister, Antoinette, confirmed to KPRC that her relative was the dead woman.
"The Harris County District Attorney's Office is on scene and assisting in the investigation, as is normal in these types of incidents", police said.
Investigators want to talk to the person who filmed the shooting as they were a witness. "Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased, as well as our officer".
According to police, the officer was patrolling the Brixton Apartments in Baytown, a midsize Texas city east of Houston, at 10:40 p.m., when he saw Turner. It's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved.
The officer is now on administrative leave, in accordance with standard protocol. "We owe it to everyone involved, including the decedent, to do a professional investigation", he said.