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Baytown police shoot pregnant woman

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According to local media, Dorris said the woman's family told police that she was not pregnant.

The lieutenant said the officer was patrolling the complex about 40 kilometres east of Houston and tried to arrest the African-American woman because he knew she had outstanding warrants.

According to U.S. media, the officer, who has not been named, is an 11-year-old veteran of the Baytown Police Department He has been placed on paid administrative leave, Dorris said, adding that this is standard protocol. In the 30-second footage, the woman can be heard telling the officer, "I'm actually walking to my house", and shouting, "I'm pregnant", before she's shot.

Police claimed the woman snatched the officer's taser, which he had earlier used on her, and shot it towards his groin during the scuffle. Then he shoots - rapidly, five times.

Dorris has said that in addition to this bystander video, there is likely also video from the officer's bodycam.

Sadly, another day, another report of an unarmed Black person being shot and killed by the police. Turner is heard yelling "I'm pregnant" as she struggles on the ground as the officers continue to wrestle her standing above her. "You're actually harassing me".

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Dorris is aware of the social media videos and hopes witnesses will come forward to help investigators with the case.

The officer involved is an 11-year veteran of the Baytown Police Department. According to The Associated Press, police said that they will determine whether she was pregnant during the autopsy.

"It's unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and posts it on social media", Dorris said. The 45-year-old woman died at the scene.

She was a resident of the apartment complex where the shooting occurred and was often seen in the area walking her dog, KPRC 2 reported.

The incident is now under investigation by Baytown Police and The Harris County District Attorney's Office. He said "as a matter of practice", he keeps names of officers involved in such incidents private so the officer does not get "bombarded" with media requests. He is on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate. The Harris County District Attorney's Office is assisting in the investigation. "Of course, our hearts go out to the families of the deceased as well as our officer".

CBS News quoted "Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris as saying that an - as yet unidentified male police officer, on patrol - saw a woman he had had prior encounters with". It's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved.

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