Texas Police Officer Charged With Assault in Fatal 2019 Shooting of Pamela Turner

In this May 16, 2019 file photo, Antoinette Dorsey-James holds a picture of her sister Pamela Turner during a news conference outside the Harris County Civil Court in Houston. Baytown Police Officer Juan Delacruz has been charged with assault for fatally shooting Turner in the parking lot of an apartment complex where they both lived in May 2019 prosecutors announced Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Godofredo A Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP File)

A grand jury in Texas indicted a police officer Monday in a fatal shooting of a Black woman after a struggle outside the apartment complex where they both lived in May 2019.

Baytown Officer Juan Delacruz was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant more than a year after he shot Pamela Turner, 44, during an altercation over the officer’s stun gun. Delacruz will be given a chance to turn himself in and could face up to five years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg called Turner’s death a tragedy. “It is important to acknowledge that her family and the community are in pain,” Ogg said in a statement.

Delacruz was patrolling the complex, located about 25 miles east of Houston, and tried to arrest Turner because they’d had “prior dealings” and he knew she had outstanding warrants, Lt. Steve Dorris told in reporters in 2019. Court records showed three outstanding misdemeanor warrants against Turner at the time.

Dorris said Delacruz then shot Turner after she shocked him with his Taser. The shooting was captured on video by a bystander.

“I’m walking, I’m actually walking to my house,” Turner tells Delacruz in the video, which was obtained by local news outlets. “You’re actually harassing me.”

Turner falls to the ground as Delacruz stands over her and tries to grab her arms. She yells “I’m pregnant” shortly before the officer backs away. Then the video stops but the audio continues. Five gunshots can be heard.

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SOURCE: USA Today, N’dea Yancey-Bragg