Baytown, TX – A video of an officer-involved shooting on Monday has gone viral because the woman, who had taken control of a police officer’s Taser just before she was shot, yelled at the officer that she was pregnant (video below).
But Pamela Shantay Turner, 44, was not pregnant, her family members told KHOU.
Turner’s niece KHOU that her aunt suffered from mental health issues and had previous encounters with the Baytown police.
Court records showed the Turner had recently been charged with a crime.
The incident that led to the fatal shooting began at about 10:40 p.m. on May 13 when a Baytown police officer was conducting a routine patrol of The Brixton Apartments, KHOU reported.
The officer encountered Turner, whom he knew had warrants, and attempted to take her into custody.
“I’m walking. I’m actually walking to my house,” she yelled at him.
“You’re just harassing me,” the woman insisted in the video.
Turner resisted arrest, and while the officer struggled to get her to comply, he deployed his Taser at her.
She fell to the ground but kept fighting. At one point, the video showed Turner yelled “I’m pregnant” at the officer.
Then Turner managed to get ahold of the officer’s Taser and deployed it on him.
“That officer got tased with his own Taser,” Baytown Police Lieutenant Steven Dorris told KHOU. “If somebody takes your Taser away from you and starts Tasing you, there’s very good likelihood that this is going to escalate and get very bad for the officer.”
The officer, an 11-year veteran of the Baytown Police Department, opened fire and shot at Turner five times.
She was struck at least once and died at the scene, KHOU reported.
Police said the officer was not seriously hurt. He has been placed on paid administrative leave as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office will be conducting an investigation with law enforcement, KTRK reported.
“This is the first shooting the officer has been involved in,” Lt. Dorris said. “We'll be out for some time tonight to reconstruct the events and get questions answered.”
He said there was bodycam footage from the shooting but that it would not be released during the active investigation.
"It's a tragic event for everyone involved. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased. We want to get all the questions answered that we can," Lt. Dorris told KTRK. "We never want things to get to this."
Police want to talk to the person who filmed the video that quickly went viral after it was posted to social media.
"It's unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and starts posting it on social media," Lt. Dorris said. "It's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved. But that's the day and age we live in with social media."
Witnesses at the scene said the officer lived in the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, KHOU reported.
Neighbors said that Turner frequently walked her dog in the area and got into altercations with people she encountered, CBS News reported.
"Sometimes you would see her, you know, get into it with people around the apartments, but nothing too, you know, bad," Raquel Cuellar said. "It's just, you know, just typical her. She's not a bad person. She didn't hurt nobody."
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content: