WOMAN SHOT: Texas Police Kill 93-Year-Old

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(CNN) — Texas Rangers are investigating why police in a small central Texas town fatally shot a 93-year-old woman at her home.

Pearlie Golden, a longtime resident of Hearne, a town of approximately 4,600 people about 150 miles south of Dallas, was shot multiple times Tuesday.

A man believed to be a relative of Golden’s made the 911 call asking for help from police, Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert said.

“What I understand is (Hearne police) were called out because a woman was brandishing a firearm,” Siegert said.

“An officer asked her to put the handgun down, and when she would not, shots were fired.”

Hearne City Attorney Bryan Russ Jr. said Officer Stephen Stem told Golden to drop her weapon at least three times.

Stem fired three times, and Golden was hit at least twice, he said.

She was transported to a local hospital, where she died.

The Hearne Police Department placed Stem on administrative leave pending the inquiry.

“We’re very saddened by this. Everybody in the city government is deeply disappointed that this lady was killed,” Russ said. “Now, the investigation is out of our hands. It’s under the Texas Rangers, which is where we want it to be.”

According to police, the Texas Rangers have a revolver believed to have been in Golden’s possession at the time of the shooting.

Community members told CNN affiliate KBTX that Golden, known affectionately as “Ms. Sully,” was a sweet woman.

“Even if she did have a gun, she is in her 90s,” Lawanda Cooke told KBTX. “They could have shot in the air to scare her. Maybe she would have dropped it. I don’t see her shooting anyone.”

The case will eventually be presented to a grand jury, which is standard procedure when dealing with officer-involved incidents, Russ said.

In the meantime, Hearne City Council members will meet Saturday to discuss Stem’s employment or whether any disciplinary action will be taken.

“I would expect people to be upset about this, a young police officer shooting a 93-year-old lady,” Russ said. “I’m upset about it. Most of our citizens are upset but at the same time I don’t believe all the facts have come to the surface yet.”

7 comments

  • Blessed

    I dn,t simce beliving the fact that a young lady full of fresh and blood can shot a 93 years,an old woman. Why didn’t she use harrasing gun to came her down. This is unbelivable. Well, if i am to speak i would say, let the owner of the dead woman burry their mother and let the police officer be. I see it as a mistake. Maybe, thats how God wants the old woman to die.

  • Dorothy

    Shame on you…God does not condon evil doings…the police officer had options (Taser, shoot gun out of hand, leg shot etc.) Senility may have been part of that ladys problem.

    • Linda Rusche

      You would think a police officer would know where to aim as to not kill and only wound someone. And shooting multiple times, please. This happens so often. Police officers must need more training than they get. They need to do more target practice and rules to answer different situations. This is so sad.

  • realjb

    I know of more than 3 incidence of acquaintences who were sitting with a gun in their hand when police arrived. These were people who were frightened- and at age 93 it would not surprise me that the woman was having a scared and upset moment. In the 3 examples mentioned above- all 3 the police simply shot the gun out of the hand oft the person. But dumbing down police is what is being done- so the nation will not have decent local police- and will begin to do what Mexico has been doing for years- the “federalize” police. Just another psycho cop scenario. Not a bit surprised.

    • corbyt

      You people are sure hard on this young cop, maybe he just wasn’t fast enough for this gun Ma. Shoot first, think later.

  • Scott Strait

    Oh, the Texas Rangers will let him off. Have I ever respected the person behind the badge? NOPE. And never will. Now i’m wondering if I should respect the badge.

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