The Latest: Police release name of officer who killed woman
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a Houston-area woman (all times local):
Texas police have released the name of the officer who shot and killed a 44-year-old woman Monday night outside her Houston-area apartment complex.
Baytown police say Juan Delacruz shot Pamela Turner, an African American woman whose family says was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Police say the Hispanic officer shot Turner after she shocked him with his own Taser during a struggle.
A bystander captured the shooting on video, but police did not identify Delacruz by name until Thursday.
An attorney for Turner’s family said Thursday that Delacruz lived in the same apartment complex as the woman and was aware of her mental illness.
Police say Delacruz is an 11-year veteran of the Baytown department, and is on paid administrative leave.
A woman says a police officer harassed her cousin more than 10 times at their Houston-area apartment complex before he finally shot and killed her.
Antoinette Dorsey-James, a first cousin of Pamela Turner, told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that Turner told relatives that every time she had an encounter with the manager of the complex, the officer would show up at her apartment and bother her.
Turner’s family says Turner and the officer lived at the same complex and that Turner knew him by name.
Harris County court records show Turner was accused of criminal mischief and assault on April 24 after a physical confrontation with the apartment complex manager over an eviction notice.
The complex’s management hasn’t returned a call seeking comment Thursday.
Baytown police have said an officer shot Turner Monday during an attempted arrest.
A lawyer for the family of a woman who was fatally shot by a Houston-area police officer says the officer lived in the same apartment complex as her and knew she suffered from mental illness.
Attorney Ben Crump says Pamela Turner had struggled with paranoid schizophrenia since her diagnosis in 2005, and may have been in crisis the night she was killed.
Baytown police have said an officer shot the 44-year-old African American woman Monday during an attempted arrest, and that she shocked him with his Taser during a struggle.
At a Thursday press conference, Crump and Turner’s family portrayed the officer as the aggressor.
Turner’s daughter, Chelsie Rubin, said she asked a Baytown police officer if the department was aware of her mother’s illness and he confirmed they were.