*It probably won’t come as a surprise to a lot of folks, but the woman who was shot 5 times by a police officer – after a struggle over his taser – was not pregnant.
As we reported earlier, Pamela Turner, 45, was shot and killed by an officer of the Baytown, Texas police department at a Houston-area apartment complex
In the video of the shocking shooting which went viral, Turner was heard insisting she was pregnant
The video, which went viral, shows the officer – who is still not identified – tasing Turner when she resists arrest in the parking lot of the apartments in Baytown.
Turner, who fell to the ground, yells “I’m pregnant,” and “Why are you harassing me?.”
Moments later, a flash is seen on the video, and the officer jumped back, drew his pistol and fired 5 times at Turner.
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Baytown police spokesperson, Lt. Steve Dorris said Tuesday that the officer shot Turner after she tased him in the groin with his own Taser. Dorris said Turner grabbed the cop’s stun gun and used it on him.
Turner, who is Black, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The lieutenant said the medical examiner’s office in Harris County has confirmed that Turner was not pregnant at the time of her death, according to The Sun-Sentinel.
Her family also confirmed she was not pregnant, However, she had a history of mental problems.
The officer, who is white, was placed on paid leave per department policy after an officer-involved shooting.
HLN News reports the officer had “some kind of past” history with Turner, in addition to knowing she was mentally ill.
Neighbors who witnessed the shooting are familiar with the officer, who is an 11-year-veteran with the Baytown police force. Witnesses told HLN they were very afraid to speak on camera.
In other news regarding the case …
On Wednesday, Lt. Dorris said hat Baytown Police Chief Keith Dougherty had asked the Texas Rangers to take over the officer-involved shooting investigation in their place. The local agency’s Internal Affairs Division will continue its own review of the incident, Dorris said in a written statement.
“While Chief Dougherty has full faith and confidence in his investigators, he has also heard and understands the public demands for transparency,” Dorris added. “He wants the family of Ms. Turner and the community to have the same faith and confidence in their police department, and the officers who work hard every day to keep our community safe.”
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office will bring the case to a grand jury, spokesman Dane Schiller said.
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