The fatal shooting of 44-year-old Pamela Turner at the hands of a Baytown, Texas, police officer is a homicide, a medical examiner ruled.
Officials have claimed that the officer, who remains identified only as an 11-year veteran with the force who is Latino, opened fire on Turner after she shocked him with his own Taser.
“During the course of the attempted arrest, the female began struggling with the officer, which forced the officer to deploy his Taser,” Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said at the time of the shooting. “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.”
Cellphone footage of the incident shows Turner on the ground, struggling with the officer who stands above her as he tries to arrest her.
Turner could be heard telling the officer that she’s just trying to walk to her house when the incident escalates.
Turner could be heard yelling at the officer that she was pregnant. Officials later determined that this was not the case.
Following a brief struggle, the officer pulls back, firing his weapon five times, ultimately killing Turner.
Turner’s sister, Antoinette, had reported earlier that the officer, who was Turner’s neighbor, had complained about him harassing her.
Police declined to respond to questions on Wednesday, according to the news station.
The medical examiner did not indicate whether a crime was committed in the shooting, however, police and the Harris County District Attorney are still investigating.