A Texas woman is dead after she reportedly grabbed a Baytown police officer’s stun gun and used it against him, as he tried to detain her on outstanding warrants.
Dallas News reports that as a Baytown officer patrolled an apartment complex off of the 1600 block of Garth Road on Monday, he spotted 44-year-old Pamela Turner walking outside. The officer, an 11-year veteran of the police department, said he knew of Turner, knew she had outstanding warrants, and pulled over to confront her.
The officer tried to detain Turner, but she reportedly kept walking away and refused to listen to his commands. When he pulled out a stun gun, Turner allegedly grabbed it from him and used it on him. In turn, the officer shot at Turner multiple times, with one shot hitting the woman in her face.
“During the course of the attempted arrest, the female began struggling with the officer, which forced the officer to deploy his Taser,” Lt. Steve Dorris, with the Baytown Police Department said, according to Click 2 Houston.
“That deployment was not effective, and the female was able to get the officer’s Taser away from him. (She) actually Tased the officer, which forced the officer to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the suspect.”
On a video that captured the incident, Turner was heard telling the officer that he was harassing her. As she fell to the grown, the woman screamed that she was pregnant before kicking the officer and grabbing the his Taser.
According to Turner’s sister, Antoinette, the woman was taking medication for schizophrenia and had two adult children. Other residents in the apartment complex reportedly said Turner mostly walked her dogs outside and smoked cigarettes, and was not a bad person.
Police, however, indicated that they’ve had issues with Turner in the past, including disorderly conduct and public intoxication charges in April. Turner also had three warrants out for her arrest, including one for assault resulting in bodily harm, and two for criminal mischief.
Antoinette told police that her sister wasn’t pregnant, but an autopsy will provide a definitive answer.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the shooting continues. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Pamela Turner/Police Handout]