A Texas police officer is under fire after he shot and killed a woman after she told him several times that she was pregnant.
Lt. Steve Dorris with the Baytown Police Department told KHOU news that the officer was patrolling The Brixton Apartments when he saw the woman, 45, who had outstanding warrants. He then approached her to arrest her.
The officer is claiming that a struggle ensued and the officer pulled out a taser but the lady was able to turn the taser on the officer.
The officer was then "forced the officer to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the female, striking her at least once." The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
While the video appears to show the woman holding the taser, she can be heard telling him several times, "I'm pregnant."
Dorris revealed that the officer is an 11-year-veteran of the force.
“This is the first shooting the officer has been involved in,” said Dorris. “We'll be out for some time tonight to reconstruct the events and get questions answered.”
Dorris believes the officer was wearing a body cam, but that video will not immediately be released as the investigation continues.
“It's unfortunate that someone takes a tragic incident like this and starts posting it on social media,” said Dorris. “It's extremely disrespectful for everybody involved. But that's the day and age we Live in with social media.”
“It's a tragic event for everybody involved,” said Dorris. “Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased, as well as our officer.”