Texas Rangers to investigate Houston-area OIS

The officer's police department is continuing its internal investigation of the LEO's actions


Associated Press

BAYTOWN, Texas — Baytown police have called in the Texas Rangers to perform the investigation of the shooting of a 44-year-old Houston-area woman by a Baytown police officer.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Baytown Police Chief Keith Dougherty said he was calling in the elite Texas Department of Public Safety investigative unit to assure Pamela Turner's family of a thorough, comprehensive investigation of her death.

The Baytown Police Department continues with its internal affairs investigation of the actions of the officer, whose identity hasn't been revealed.

Meanwhile, a group of demonstrators led by Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth rallied Wednesday in protest against the police shooting. The demonstration unfolded in the parking lot of an east Houston department store where Turner was shot Monday night.

A medical examiner has ruled the fatal shooting a homicide.

Online records show the Harris County Medical Examiner's office found Pamela Turner's death was caused by multiple gunshot wounds.

Baytown police have said one of their officers opened fire on Turner Monday night after she shocked him with his own Taser. A department spokesman did not respond to questions Wednesday.

A video of the incident shows Turner and the officer struggling after he tries to arrest her. Something flashes as they grapple on the ground, and the officer can be seen to pull back and fire five shots.

The medical examiner's finding doesn't indicate a crime was committed. Police and the Harris County district attorney are still investigating the shooting.

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