A woman fatally shot by a Texas police officer in the parking lot of an apartment complex just outside of Houston can be heard shouting that she is pregnant in video of the altercation shared on social media.
Authorities have not confirmed the victim shot late Monday night was actually pregnant and are currently investigating the deadly incident.
Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said in a statement early Tuesday, the officer involved — identified only as an 11-year veteran of the force — was on routine patrol around 10:40 p.m. near The Brixton Apartments, where he spotted the 45-year-old year woman, who has not yet been named.
Dorris added the officer had previous interactions with the woman and knew she had outstanding warrants.
When the officer approached and attempted to arrest her, Dorris said a struggle ensued, forcing the officer to deploy his Taser.
“It appears that as the officer was attempting to handcuff the female she was able to gain control of the Taser and turn it in on the officer,” Dorris said, “which forced him to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the female.”
She was struck at least once in the gunfire and pronounced dead on the scene. Police said the officer attempted to render aid but was ultimately unsuccessful.
Witness video circulating on social media sees the woman lying on the ground and shouting “I’m pregnant!” several times before the gunfire rings out.
Dorris told KHOU law enforcement is aware of the clip, initially shared on Snapchat, and is interested in speaking with whoever filmed the scene.
“It’s unfortunate that someone takes a tragic incident like this and starts posting it on social media. It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved but that’s the day and age we live in with social media,” he said.
“It’s a tragic event for everybody involved. Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased as well as our officer.”