Pamela Turner, the 45-year-old grandmother with mental illness who was shot and killed by a Baytown police officer was laid to rest on Thursday as the officer returned to work.

Baytown police Officer Juan Delacruz returned to work Monday, but he is on administrative duty while an investigation continues into the shooting death of Ms. Turner.

Basically, he’s still collecting a paycheck.

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The altercation and shooting happened around 10:40 p.m. on Monday (May 13) when Officer Delacruz recognized Pamela.

He knew she had outstanding warrants and attempted to arrest her.

Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said a struggle started and the Delacruz was forced to use his taser. But as he was trying to detain Pamela, she managed to get control of the taser and used it on him.

Delacruz fired several shots, hitting the Pamela at least once.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pamela Turner’s funeral service took place at the Lilly Grove Baptist Church in Houston on Thursday and Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.

He stated:

I want Baytown, Texas, to know this is not something you’re going to brush under the rug and send the policeman back to work.

If he’s going back to work, we’re going back to work too to get justice for Pamela Turner.


My sincerest condolences to Pamela’s family and all who loved her.

I hoped justice is served in this case.

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