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Update, 3:40 p.m.
The Baytown Police Department has confirmed that Pamela Turner — the woman in the video — was not pregnant when she was shot and killed, the Associated Press reported.
Police Lt. Steve Dorris “didn’t elaborate on how police learned she was not pregnant,” the AP reported. “Autopsy results have not been released.”
A woman who was killed while resisting arrest outside of a Texas apartment complex yelled that she was pregnant before an officer shot her, according to a witness video obtained by KHOU.
The video, which was shared on Facebook and Snapchat messenger, shows the woman fighting with the Baytown police officer, according to KHOU.
“I’m pregnant,” she yelled while the officer had her on the ground late Monday night. The fight continued, the officer backed off and then five shots were heard, as seen in the video shared by the Houston TV station. The video was edited down “as it is very graphic,” KHOU reported.
The Baytown Police Department posted a statement regarding the fatal shooting to Facebook at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday. It does not acknowledge the video, but it does address what happened just before the officer fired “multiple rounds.”
“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,” the release says.
The officer then contacted the woman and tried to arrest her, the release states, but the woman resisted the arrest.
Because a “struggle ensued,” the officer was forced to Tase the woman with his department-issued Taser, the release states.
“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,” police said. “The female has been pronounced deceased at the scene.”
KHOU reported that when Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris was asked about the video, he said the department wants to speak with whoever recorded the incident.
“It’s unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and posts it on social media,” Dorris said, according to KPRC. “It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved, but that’s the day and age we live in with social media.”
Police said they will not be able to confirm if the woman was pregnant until an autopsy is done, KPRC reported.
The department has not released the names of the woman and officer involved. The officer has been “placed on administrative leave,” KPRC reported.
“It’s a tragic event for everyone involved,” Dorris said, according to KTRK. “Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased. We want to get all the questions answered that we can. We never want things to get to this.”