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

Sergio Conner
May 15, 2019

A woman was reportedly shot and killed by a police officer in Texas moments after shouting "I'm pregnant".

The Baytown Police Department released its version of the events that led to the shooting death of a 45-year-old woman Monday night, explaining how the encounter that started over outstanding warrants ended in her death.

Police said the woman was wanted for outstanding warrants in the city, near Houston, and that the officer had stopped to arrest her at around 10.40pm.

In the video posted on Snapchat, a woman is heard saying "You're actually harassing me".

In the video, the woman appears to reach for the officer, who stands back and fires five shots toward her. Moments later the officer rises up, draws his weapon, and fires five times while the woman is still sat on the ground. Turner is heard yelling "I'm pregnant" as she struggles on the ground as the officers continue to wrestle her standing above her.

Video of the altercation shows that things quickly escalated between the officer and Turner as the law enforcement official attempted to place Turner in handcuffs. "I'm actually walking to my house!" Dorris said the officer is an 11-year veteran of the force.

The woman yelled that she was pregnant before she was tased.

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In addition, Lt. Steve Dorris told the press that he believes the officer was wearing a body camera, but that footage will not be immediately released due to their on-going investigation.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

The officer nor the woman have been publicly identified. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased. She was accused of criminal mischief and assault on April 25 after a manager at her apartment complex told police that Turner scratched her face and broke her glasses during a confrontation over an eviction notice.

The lieutenant said police have since learned from the medical examiner's office in Harris County that Turner, who was 44 and black, was not pregnant.

The officer is now on administrative leave, in accordance with standard protocol. "It's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved, but that's the day and age we live in with social media".

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