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Family says woman fatally shot by Baytown police was ‘not a monster’

May 16, 2019

Family members of Pamela Turner, the woman fatally shot by a Baytown police officer Monday night, said the grandmother of three was a loving woman with a mental illness, but wasn’t a monster.

“My sister was a human being who had rights,” sister Tracy Frazier said on Thursday. “She did not deserve to be killed and murdered.”

The family gathered in front of the Harris County civil courthouse with a large legal team of prominent civil rights attorneys, who said they’re pushing for a murder charge on the unidentified Baytown police officer who pulled the trigger.

Turner, 44, was shot during a confrontation with the officer, who said he was serving an arrest warrant on the woman. He struck her with a Taser, and she then grabbed a hold of the weapon and used it on him, Baytown police said. He then shot at her five times, which was captured on a video taken by a bystander.

Turner’s family members said that she struggled with paranoid schizophrenia and had previously complained about encounters with the same officer who had shot her.

Baytown police spokesman Lt. Steve Dorris said Wednesday the department will investigate whether Turner had mental health issues, and whether that was known to the officer at the time.