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Woman Shot And Killed In East Houston After Stunning Officer With Own Taser

Last updated on August 14, 2019

Pamela Turner (the shooting victim) smiling in a Facebook photo | Photo courtesy of CC

The officer attempted to arrest Turner for outstanding warrants for assault and criminal mischief, who then broke free from his grasp and ran towards her apartment, leading to a struggle. According to the officer, Turner got ahold of his taser and used it on him, which resulted in him pulling out his gun and shooting Turner five times.

Prior to the event, Turner had exclaimed that she was pregnant, though The Washington Post stated that a medical examiner found she was not. According to Al Jazeera, the officer in question had previously dealt with Turner. CBS Newsalso reported that the officer lived in the same neighborhood as Turner.

The incident was recorded by a witness, who Baytown Police Department Lt. Steve Dorris, would like to interview. The witness was criticized by Dorris for posting the video of the shooting on social media.

It’s unfortunate that someone takes a tragic incident like this [. . .] and starts posting it on social media. It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved.

According to a CBS news article, Turner’s step-daughter stated the officer was aware that Turner suffered from schizophrenia. Dorris stated that, while he was unsure of Turner’s mental health, he felt it didn’t warrant her actions.

That mental capacity or that mental concern, I’ll call it [. . .] does not negate the fact she took our officer’s Taser from him. She resisted arrest. She had outstanding warrants.

The shooting has been ruled a homicide, according to the Miami Harald. Dorris has called in the Texas Rangers, along with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s investigative unit.

A demonstration was held by Houston rapper, Trae the Truth, Wednesday, which began in the parking lot of the apartment complex where Turner was shot.

Any opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not reflect the stance TheWorker takes on this issue. TheWorker seeks to include as many perspectives possible regarding even the most controversial subject matters.

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