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Sheriff: Pregnant Texas woman may have reached for deputy's weapon prior to being punched

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Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday that he's not certain Deanna Robinson reached for the weapon. (PHOTO: Hunt Co. Sheriff's Office) Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday that he's not certain Deanna Robinson reached for the weapon. (PHOTO: Hunt Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, Texas -

A Texas sheriff says a deputy shown in a video apparently striking a pregnant woman may have used force to prevent her from taking his firearm.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday that he's not certain Deanna Robinson reached for the weapon. But he says the deputy told investigators that she loosened his ammunition belt in the struggle.

Robinson was 38 weeks pregnant when she was arrested March 4 at her parents' home northeast of Dallas during a child abuse investigation.

Home surveillance video appears to show Robinson pressed stomach-first against a counter, then the deputy raising his arm and striking her. The 38-year-old Robinson is heard on tape screaming, "I'm pregnant!"

The video was later posted online.

Robinson wants the deputy charged with assault.

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