The family and attorneys of Pamela Turner, the Black grandmother and mother of two who was killed by a Baytown cop last week, have released the findings of an independent autopsy report on Wednesday.
Turner’s family worked in conjunction with civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump and prominent Texas attorney, Bob Hilliard.
The independent Texas pathologist hired by Turner’s family performed the procedure and asked to remain anonymous due to the high visibility of the case. According to a statement obtained by MadameNoire, the pathologist performed his procedure after the medical examiner, who has not yet released his findings to the public.
“The independent report identified ‘three penetrating distant type gunshot wounds’ and no exit wounds. The bullets had been removed prior to the second autopsy,” the statement reads.
Police contend that the officer used his Taser gun on Turner, but Turner was able to take the weapon away from the officer. The officer identified by Click 2 Houston as Juan Delacruz, then fired multiple shots, two of which proved to be fatal according to the independent report. Two of the shots hit Turner in the chest and abdomen, while the third hit her in the cheek.
Turner’s family said the cheek wound proved to be most upsetting because they believed it showed Turner was of no threat to Delacruz.
“Pamela Turner was lying on the ground helpless and the officer was out of harm’s way when he shot and shot and shot and shot and shot,” Crump said. “She posed no imminent threat to the officer. There is nothing anyone can say to justify this killing. The officer looked her in the face and shot her dead when it was unnecessary for him to do so — it’s right there on the video. We are outraged and completely devastated.”
Attorneys for Turner’s family want the Baytown Police Department to remain transparent about the findings of their investigation and release any footage concerning the night of the shooting which took place on May 13.
Turner was shot as she was inside the parking lot of her apartment complex. Delacruz told authorities that he pursued Turner because she had warrants out for her arrest. Their confrontation resulted a struggle which was caught on tape and shared on social media by a witness. Before Turner’s death, she shared that she had been harassed multiple times by Delacruz, who was also her neighbor.
A funeral will be held for Turner on Thursday in Houston where the eulogy will be delivered by Al Sharpton.