The Baytown Police Department released its version of the events that led to the shooting death of a 45-year-old woman Monday night, explaining how the encounter that started over outstanding warrants ended in her death.
In a news release, the department said the police officer saw the woman, who he knew from previous encounters had outstanding warrants, and attempted to arrest her.
Police say that’s when a struggle ensued, forcing the officer to deploy his department issued taser at the woman.
The news release also states that as the officer attempted to handcuff the woman, she gained control of his taser and used it on the officer. The officer then drew his duty weapon and fired multiple rounds at the woman, striking her at least once.
The officer tried to give aid to the woman immediately after the incident, however, she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
The officer is an 11-year veteran of the Baytown Police Department and has been placed on paid leave, which is standard protocol. Baytown Police detectives along with investigators from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident.