According to multiple reports, a Baytown, Texas cop spotted a woman he knew had outstanding warrants as he was patrolling a local apartment complex. As he tried to arrest her, she resisted.
According to KHOU,
Police said a struggle ensued, forcing the officer to use his Taser on the woman. As he was attempting to take her into custody, the suspect managed to get control of the Taser, and she allegedly used it on the officer. The officer then pulled his gun and shot the woman at least once.
Heavy.com has this from one if the investigating officers:
(Baytown Police Lieutenant Steve) Dorris added, “The officer contacted the female and attempted to arrest her at which time a struggle ensued, forcing the officer to deploy his department issued Taser at the female. 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.”
Here’s Dorris’ statement to the media:
Watch the video of the shooting here:
It’s difficult to make out exactly what’s happening as the two figures appear mostly in silhouette. The woman who’s on her back seems to be holding the Taser and avoiding the officer’s attempts to get it back from her.
Here’s the AP’s report . . .
BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — A Texas police officer fatally shot a woman moments after she seemed to say “I’m pregnant” in an altercation captured on video.
The shooting happened late Monday in Baytown, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Houston. Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said the officer was patrolling an apartment complex and attempted to arrest the 45-year-old woman, whom the officer had previously dealt with, because he knew she had outstanding warrants.
Dorris said the officer, an 11-year veteran of the police department, opened fire after the woman grabbed the officer’s Taser and used it against him.
In the video, the woman is heard saying “You’re actually harassing me” and “I’m actually walking to my house.” The woman is on the ground and appears to reach toward the officer when she seems to be heard saying “I’m pregnant.” Moments later he fires five shots, killing her.
The woman’s name has not been released, pending notification of her family. Police said they could not confirm whether she was pregnant and that an autopsy will determine that. He said the officer did not suffer serious injuries.
“It’s a tragic event for everybody involved,” he said. “Of course, our hearts go out to the family of the deceased as well as our officer.”
Dorris said police were aware of the video circulating on social media and that investigators want to talk to the person who took the video, because he or she was a witness to the shooting.