The Latest: Relative: Texas cop harassed woman many times
HOUSTON — The Latest on the investigation of a police shooting of a Houston-area woman (all times local):
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.
The Associated Press
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