Texas Police Officer Fatally Shoots Woman Heard On Video Saying She's Pregnant
A snapchat video of the altercation taken by a witness has been shared throughout social media.
A Texas police fatally shot a woman claiming who said she was pregnant.
The woman, who has been identified as Pamela Shantay Taylor, was killed late Monday night at an apartment complex in the Houston suburb of Baytown by an officer patrolling the complex. The officer, whose name has yet to be released, said he knew Taylor had outstanding warrants and was trying to arrest her, according to CNN.
A video of the events leading up to the shooting show Taylor and the officer confronting each other.
“I’m walking! I’m actually walking to my house!” the woman screams at him, later on saying that he’s “harassing” her. As the officer tries to handcuff the 45-year-old woman she breaks free, resulting in the cop firing a Taser stun gun at her.
As Taylor yells “Why?” the officer continues to try and arrest her, with the woman saying she’s pregnant at one point.
According to a statement from Baytown police on Facebook, Taylor managed to gain control of the Taser and allegedly used it on the officer. He then pulled out his gun and shot her at least once. In the video, several gunshots can be heard.
“This is the first shooting the officer has been involved in,” Steve Dorris, a lieutenant of the Baytown Police Department, told KHOU 11. “We’ll be out for some time tonight to reconstruct the events and get questions answered.”
A woman claiming to be Taylor’s niece told KHOU 11 that Taylor wasn’t actually pregnant but suffered from mental issues.
Since the incident, the officer, an 11-year veteran of the department, has been placed on paid administrative leave. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is assisting in the investigation, and Dorris hopes to talk with the witness who recorded the altercation.
“It’s unfortunate that someone takes a tragic incident like this and starts posting it on social media,” Dorris said. “It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved. But that’s the day and age we live in with social media.”
“It’s a tragic event for everybody involved,” Dorris added. “Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased, as well as our officer.”
People have taken to social media to speak about the incident. A number of people have also commented on Baytown police’s Facebook statement, the responses ranging from supporting the officer to denouncing him and the department.