Baytown officer Juan Delacruz shot Pamela Shantay Turner, 45, in May 2019 after initially making an attempt to arrest her as a result of she had excellent warrants. Police beforehand mentioned that in a wrestle between the 2, Turner reached for Delacruz’s Taser and used it on him.
Texas Rangers led the investigation into the capturing and turned their findings over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for evaluation. The DA then offered the findings to a grand jury, which returned with the indictment, a information launch from the Baytown police mentioned.
“We have faith and trust in our judicial system, and as we wait for this case to proceed through the legal process, we ask that our community continue to be patient and have trust and faith in those processes,” the police division mentioned. “We also ask that our community continue to have faith and trust in the Baytown Police Department and the dedicated, professional men and women who are committed to serving all members of our community with integrity, compassion and professionalism.”
Delacruz is an 11-year veteran of the division, Baytown police mentioned. He remains to be employed, however he has been positioned on non-enforcement standing, mentioned Lt. Steve Dorris, a Baytown police spokesman. Non-enforcement standing means Delacruz shouldn’t be working the streets and his police powers have been suspended.
Turner had schizophrenia, in response to civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who’s representing Turner’s household.
How the capturing unfolded
Police have mentioned Delacruz was patrolling an house advanced within the Houston suburb when he noticed Turner, whom he knew had excellent warrants. He tried to arrest her, police mentioned.
Shaky cellular phone video captured the interplay. Turner yells on the officer, “I’m walking! I’m actually walking to my house!” after which accuses Delacruz of harassing her.
As he tries to handcuff the girl, she breaks free, prompting Delacruz to deploy his Taser. Turner slowly drops to the bottom, the video reveals.
A scuffle ensues, and Turner retains yelling, “Why?” Delacruz continues his makes an attempt to take her into custody, and Turner flails her arms and yells, “I’m pregnant!”
The lady seems to succeed in for the officer, who stands again and fires 5 rounds, the video reveals.
Police later mentioned Turner “was able to gain control of the Taser and used it on the officer.”
Delacruz tried to manage first assist, police mentioned, however Turner was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
Dorris, the police spokesman, mentioned final May that Turner was not pregnant.
CNN’s Joe Sutton, Tina Burnside, Holly Yan and Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report.