(SKY NEWS) — A woman in Texas has been shot dead by a policeman after she allegedly grabbed his Taser and fired it at him.
She appeared to say “I’m pregnant” moments before she was killed in an incident captured on video.
Baytown Police Lieutenant Steve Dorris said there was a struggle between the pair and the officer had been forced to use his Taser.
But as he was trying to arrest the woman, she managed to get hold of the stun gun and used it on the officer.
He then fired five shots at her, killing her. The officer did not suffer serious injuries in the altercation.
It has not been confirmed whether she was pregnant and a post-mortem will be carried out to establish if she was.
The unnamed officer was patrolling an apartment complex in Baytown late on Monday and attempted to detain the 45-year-old woman.
He had previous dealings with her because he was aware she had outstanding warrants, according to Lieutenant Dorris.
In the video, which has emerged on social media, the woman was heard saying “you’re actually harassing me” and “I’m actually walking to my house”.
The unnamed woman was on the ground and appeared to reach towards the officer when she seemed to say “I’m pregnant”.
Moments later he killed her.
Lieutenant Dorris said: “It’s a tragic event for everybody involved. Of course, our hearts go out to the family of the deceased as well as our officer.”
The woman’s name has not been released, as her family has not yet been informed.
Investigators want to talk to the person who filmed the shooting as they were a witness.