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Texas police officer fatally shoots woman after alleged Taser struggle

A Texas police officer fatally shot a black woman he says shot at him with his own Taser in a confrontation partially caught on video and published on social media.

The Baytown woman can be heard shouting “you are actually harassing me… I am walking to my house” in the video recorded late Monday. The woman, 44, also appears to say that she is pregnant as they scuffle.

It is not clear on the video what happens with the Taser. But ultimately the officer pulls away and multiple gunshots ring out. The officer did not suffer serious injuries, Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said.

“Keep in mind those Tasers are about 50,000 volts, so they don’t feel good,” Dorris said. “If you’ve ever been struck by a Taser, it’s a very painful experience.”

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Dorris said the officer knew the woman and was attempting to arrest her on outstanding warrants. KHOU-TV, citing a relative of the woman, reported that she was not pregnant but suffered from mental health issues.

Dorris declined to name the officer but said he was Hispanic and an 11-year veteran of the force. He was placed on paid leave, Dorris said.

The officer was wearing a body camera, but that video will not be immediately released, Dorris said. The shooting was a traumatic event for the officer, who was “shook up” but doing OK, he said.

“It’s a tragic event for everybody involved,” Dorris said. “Of course our hearts go out to the family of the decease as well as our officer.”

He added that police would like to interview whoever recorded the shooting.

“It’s unfortunate that someone takes a tragic incident like this and starts posting it on social media,” Dorris said. “It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved. But that’s the day and age we live in with social media.”

Contributing: Joel Shannon, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

 

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