Pregnant woman shot, killed by Texas officer during struggle over Taser

An officer with Texas' Baytown Police Department came under fire this week after cellphone video surfaced showing him discharging his department-issued firearm five times during a confrontation with woman believed to be pregnant.

The December 2017 shooting was the first officer-involved shooting in the district where body camera video was available on the scene and showed the officer was within his right to use deadly force, according to Moore.

Officials say the officer knew the 44-year-old woman had outstanding warrants and attempted to arrest her.

In the video, the officer can be seen running and approaching the attacker as he tells him to "put the knife down, dude".

Antoinette, Turner's sister, told local station KPRC that the officer was her sister's neighbor and that her sibling had previously filed complaints against the cop for harassing her.

Family members were not able to confirm if Turner was pregnant at the time, and police will not be able to confirm until an autopsy is completed. The officer then fires his Taser stun gun, and the woman slowly drops to the ground. The video shows Turner on the ground with the officer standing over her and yanking her arm when a tussle starts.

"I'm pregnant", are the last words that Turner yells before the officer discharges his firearm. The officer, an 11 year veteran with the department, did not suffer serious injuries.

"It's a tragic event for everybody involved", he said. "Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased".

The Baytown Police Department posted a statement regarding the fatal shooting to Facebook at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday.

Police also said the woman, whose name has not yet been released, is someone they've dealt with in the past. The officer has been "placed on administrative leave", KPRC reported.

"It was a sad situation".

Residents told KPRC 2 that Turner was a resident of the apartment complex and frequently walked late at night to smoke cigarettes or walk her dogs. "It's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved, but that's the day and age we live in with social media".

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