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Baytown Officer Fatally Shoots Woman After Struggle Over Stun Gun

Baytown police confirmed the woman killed an by officer Monday was not pregnant



    Officer Fatally Shoots Woman After Struggle Over Stun Gun

    A Texas police officer fatally shot a woman moments after she seems to say "I'm pregnant" in an altercation captured on video. (Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019)

    Baytown, Texas, police say a woman who was shot and killed by a police officer after she used his stun gun on him was not pregnant.

    In a video captured Monday night in the Houston suburb, Pamela Turner can be heard yelling "I'm pregnant" at the officer during a struggle in which the officer was stunned in the groin with his own weapon before he opened fire.

    Baytown Lt. Steve Dorris said the department has confirmed the 44-year-old Turner was not pregnant. Dorris didn't elaborate on how police learned she was not pregnant. Autopsy results have not been released.

    Police have not released the officer's name, but say he is an 11-year veteran of the department who was trying to arrest Turner on outstanding warrants.

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    Investigators are trying to contact whoever took the video.

    The shooting happened late Monday in Baytown, about 25 miles east of Houston. Dorris said the officer was patrolling an apartment complex and attempted to arrest the woman, whom the officer had previously dealt with, because he knew she had outstanding warrants.

    In the video, the woman is heard saying "You're actually harassing me" and "I'm actually walking to my house." The woman is on the ground and appears to reach toward the officer when she seems to be heard saying "I'm pregnant." Moments later he fires five shots, killing her.

    Family told NBC's Houston affiliate KPRC that the woman had two children, both in their 20s.

    Dorris said the officer did not suffer serious injuries.

    "It's a tragic event for everybody involved," Dorris said. "Of course, our hearts go out to the family of the deceased as well as our officer."

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    "We never want to have to resort to this. We never want things to get to this point, where an officer has to take somebody's life," he added.

    Video of the fatal incident was recorded on Snapchat and went viral on social media. Dorris said police were aware of the video circulating on social media and that investigators want to talk to the person who took the video, because he or she was a witness to the shooting.

    Taylin Innis, a neighbor of the victim, told NBC News she heard the gunshots was surprised to learn that someone was killed at her apartment complex. 

    "They must’ve had a couple of words. Things went a whole different way, and he shot her, and I really feel for the family and I hope they get some type of justice," Innis said. "I just pray for them honestly because life is short nowadays."

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