Pamela Turner was a black Texas woman with the schizophrenic disorder who was fatally shot by a police officer after he was trying to arrest her because she had outstanding warrants, in Baytown, Texas, a Houston suburb.
The 45-year-old, during a struggle between her and the cop, reached for the officer’s Taser and used it on him in the parking lot of an apartment complex where they both lived in May 2019., police said.
Turner had schizophrenia, according to civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Turner’s family.
What actually happened with Pamela Turner?
According to police, Baytown Officer Juan Delacruz was patrolling an apartment complex in the Houston suburb when he saw Turner. He tried arresting her.
A phone video captured the incident. It shows Turner yelling at the officer, “I’m walking! I’m actually walking to my house!” and then accusing Delacruz of harassment.
As Delacruz approached turned to handcuff her, she breaks free and deploys the officer’s taser.
Turner keeps yelling, “Why?” Delacruz continues his attempts to take her into custody while Turner flails her arms and yells, “I’m pregnant!”
She also appears to be reaching for the officer, who stands back and fires five rounds. Turner later reached for the officer’s taser and used it on him.
The officer managed to aid himself while Turner slowly dropped to the ground, the video shows.
Pamela Turner’s Under Investigation
Turner was pronounced dead at the scene. Police confirmed that she was not pregnant.
Texas Rangers led the investigation into the shooting and turned their findings over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Greg Cagle, Delacruz’s attorney, said he believed the case against his client was being motivated by politics and that Delacruz had simply been defending himself when he shot Turner.
Delacruz was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant, as he could face 5 years to life in prison.