Pamela Turner Biography
Pamela Turner has been identified by her family as the 44-year-old woman who was fatally shot by a Baytown Police Department officer at an apartment complex in the Texas city. Turner’s family says she has suffered from mental illness, KPRC-TV reports. In the graphic video of the shooting, Turner can be heard yelling, “I’m pregnant,” moments before she was shot, but Baytown Police say they have confirmed she was not actually pregnant.
According to heavy.com, Baytown Police Lieutenant Dorris said in a Facebook post on the force’s official account: ‘It is very early in the investigation however what detectives have learned thus far is one of our officers, an 11 year veteran with the department, was patrolling an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Garth Road when he came across a 45-year-old female that he knew from previous encounters and knew she had outstanding warrants.
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‘The officer contacted the female and attempted to arrest her at which time a struggle ensued, forcing the officer to deploy his department issued Taser at the female.
‘It appears that as the officer was then attempting to handcuff the female she was able to gain control of his Taser and turned it on the officer, Tasing the officer, which forced the officer to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the female, striking her at least once.’
Baytown Police say the shooting occurred during a struggle over the unnamed officer’s Taser. Lieutenant Steve Dorris said in a Facebook post, “It appears that as the officer was then attempting to handcuff the female she was able to gain control of his Taser and turned it on the officer, Tasing the officer, which forced the officer to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the female, striking her at least once.” Turner was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pamela Turner shooting: Texas officer shoots woman heard saying ‘I’m pregnant’ https://t.co/jtbSZjI7Nk
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The shooting happened about 10:40 p.m. Monday, May 13, at The Brixton Apartments on Garth Road in Baytown, according to police. The city of about 76,000 is located in Harris County, Texas, near Houston.
Turner’s family has called the shooting unjustified, according to KPRC-TV. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, with the Baytown Police Department being assisted by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
The Video Shows the Officers Firing at Pamela Turner 5 Times as She Sits Up From the Ground
In the video posted to Facebook and Twitter by multiple users, which you can watch above, Pamela Shantay Turner can be heard telling the officer she is walking to her house. The officer who shot Turner appears to be the only officer at the scene during the incident. Turner can be seen walking as she tells the officer he is “harassing” her. The pop of a stun gun can be heard as the officer appears to fire his Taser at the Turner. It is not clear if the stun gun hit Turner
Turner can then be seen on the ground with the officer on top of her, trying to grab her hands. Turner yells, “I’m pregnant,” and the officer steps away from her as she appears to be moving her hands near his legs. As the Turner sits up, the officer fires his gun five times and Turner falls back to the ground. It is not clear how many times she was shot.
Police killed a pregnant woman in Texas who was walking to her house on a claim of outstanding warrants. One guess as to her race.
Witnesses have said on social media that Turner was unarmed, but police have not confirmed if the woman was armed or not, or if a weapon was recovered at the scene. Police have said that Turner was able to get the officer’s Taser away from him and used it on him. It is not clear from the video if that is true.
Baytown Police Lieutenant Steve Dorris told reporters a preliminary investigation found it was necessary for the officer to use force. Dorris said, “If somebody takes your Taser away from you and starts tasing you, there’s a very good likelihood that this is going to escalate and get very bad for the officer from there.”
But members of the community and others on social media are calling for a more thorough investigation and have been questioning the police narrative of what happened, pointing out that often the facts that are released by police in early statements turn out to be incorrect. The shooting generated thousands of comments on the Baytown Police Department Facebook page, with many saying that the officer did not appear to have been justified in shooting Turner and saying that he should have been trained to find another way to defuse the situation, especially with Turner’s mental health issues.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Pamela Turner, 44. was shot and killed in Baytown, Texas, Monday night
- Footage shows an officer standing over Turner before shooting five times
- Baytown police reportedly claimed Turner was shot after grabbing officer’s Taser and using it against his groin
- Turner had three outstanding warrants and was known to police from previous interactions
- Her sister said Turner has two children in their 20s and three young grandchildren, and she was on schizophrenia medication
- In a video of the shooting, Turner screamed ‘I’m pregnant,’ but police say she was not expecting a baby at the time of her death
- Police claim Turner fired the officer’s Taser at his groin before he opened fire on her