Dramatic scuffle ends with police officer fatally shooting 'pregnant' woman

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 15, 2019

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. Police said they could not confirm whether she was pregnant and that an autopsy will determine that.

The officer knew the 45-year-old woman had outstanding warrants and started trying to arrest her, police said.

Footage circulating on social media shows the officer following the woman, who has not been identified, through the auto park as she tells him he is "harassing" her.

One angry woman tweeted that the officer tasered the unarmed woman twice and shot at her five times while she was on the ground. Moments later the officer rises up, draws his weapon, and fires five times while the woman is still sat on the ground.

Pamela Turner, 44, was shot dead by a Baytown, Texas, police officer Monday night, May 13, 2019.

"It's just sad - very sad - when you see somebody for the past six months walking around", Jennifer Sims said.

Baytown police are not giving the name of the officer in question.

Officer Kills Woman After Shouting, "I'm Pregnant".

"It's unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and posts it on social media", Dorris said.

A woman who said she is Turner's niece told KHOU that Turner has suffered with mental health issues and that her claim of being pregnant was not true.

The officer nor the woman have been publicly identified.

The officer has been place on paid administrative leave, which the department says is standard protocol.

Dorris confirmed that the officer, an 11-year-veteran of the force, was wearing a body cam at the time.

"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.

The police are also trying to locate the person who filmed the shooting and uploaded the content to social media.

Lieutenant Steve Dorris of the Baytown Police Department told local media it was early days and an investigation was underway. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased. "It's extremely disrespectful to everybody involved but that's the day and age we live in with social media", he said.

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