Woman in cuffs allegedly runs, tells police to ‘just kill her’

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A woman with a lengthy arrest record faces multiple new charges after she allegedly told police she had a weapon and they "needed to just kill her" and that "she would rather die than go to jail" while attempting to flee while handcuffed.

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Tanna June Turner, 31, of Wichita Falls, was booked into the Wichita County Jail on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, on charges of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 or 1B under one gram, interference with public duties, and escape from custody.

As of the publication of this story, Turner remains behind bars on bonds totaling $17,500.

According to the affidavit, an officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop just before 1:30 a.m. on March 19 near the intersection of Avenue L and Taft Boulevard. The officer said a check on the license plate showed the vehicle had no insurance coverage.

The officer said the driver was identified as Turner. He said during the traffic stop, Turner was talking at a high rate of speed and she wasn't being forthright with her answers, leading the officer to believe she was attempting to be deceptive.

According to the officer, he called for his partner, who arrived on the scene. The officer said he requested that Turner step out of the vehicle so that he could impound the car since it wasn't insured.

The officer said Turner refused to exit the vehicle after several commands.

The affidavit said an individual in the front left passenger seat stepped out of the vehicle and told officers he didn't know what Turner was going to do. The officer said it was his thought that the individual didn't want to be involved in any incident related to Turner.

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The officer said he asked his partner to open a door of the car, which agitated Turner. He said Turner got on her phone and refused to exit the vehicle after multiple commands to exit.

According to the affidavit, while Turner's attention was directed toward an officer at the front of the vehicle, the officer's partner reached into the vehicle and removed the keys from the ignition to prevent Turner from fleeing.

The affidavit said shortly after that, Turner exited the vehicle and was immediately placed in custody. According to the officer, while he was conducting his inventory of the vehicle due to it being impounded, he found an open package of cigarettes with a yellow plastic bag inside.

The officer said the bag contained a crystal-like substance he believed to be methamphetamine. He said a field test on the substance returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

According to the affidavit, after Turner was placed into custody, she was escorted to a patrol vehicle. The officer said while she was being escorted, Turner said she had a weapon and "we needed to just kill her."

The officer said upon making this statement, Turner began running down Avenue L but only made it to the rear of the patrol car before the officer tackled her to the ground.

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The affidavit said upon being tackled to the ground, Turner said she would "rather die than go to jail" and refused to allow officers to put her inside the patrol vehicle.

Officers said they got Turner off the ground and attempted to place her in the vehicle a second time, but Turner attempted to get away from officers once again and was then brought to the ground.

According to the affidavit, Turner eventually calmed down and was placed inside the patrol vehicle.

A records check on Turner revealed she currently has charges of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 or 1B under one gram and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information pending.

She has 19 arrests on record in Wichita County since 2010.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma's Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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