Police officer shoots, kills Texas woman during arrest


An officer with Texas' Baytown Police Department came under fire this week after cellphone video surfaced showing him discharging his department-issued firearm five times during a confrontation with woman believed to be pregnant. Police will not confirm if Turner was pregnant until an autopsy is completed.

Dorris earlier said an officer on patrol saw the 45-year-old Turner, whom the officer had encountered before.

A statement released by the department's Lt. Steve Dorris reveals that during the struggle Turner somehow managed to gain control of the officer's stun gun and deploy it on him.

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.

The woman is alleged to have taken the Taser from the officer while he was attempting to put handcuffs on her and used it against him.

Video of the fatal encounter was posted to social media and raised questions as to what caused the officer to shoot and kill the woman. Suddenly, the officer pulls away from Turner, steps back and fires five gunshots. She later says the officer is "harassing" her.

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

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Lieutenant Dorris said: "It's a tragic event for everybody involved". The officer eventually gets the woman on the ground.

The officer, an 11-year veteran of the Baytown Police Department, has been placed on paid administrative leave, which Dorris said is "standard protocol" for such an incident. "Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased, as well as our officer".

The identify of the officer involved in the shooting has not yet being released.

Raquelle Cuellar, a resident in the apartment complex, told ABC 13 that the woman was often spotted walking her dog in the area.

The shooting happened late Monday at an apartment complex in Baytown, about 25 miles east of Houston. The Harris County District Attorney's Office is assisting in the investigation.

The shooting is under investigation. "And that's when you turn around and he say, 'Bam, bam, bam, ' and just shot her like that", Carr said.

"That's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved".