A 93-year-old woman who was shot and killed by police in Texas on Tuesday was armed with a gun. Hearne Police responded to a 911 call at 6:30 pm regarding the woman, Pearlie Golden, who was said to be waving a gun around outside her home on Pin Oaks Street.
The person who made the emergency call was Golden’s nephew. He had told authorities that his aunt was mad because the Texas Department of Public Safety had refused to renew her drivers license.
The nephew said that when he tried to reason with his aunt and take her car keys away, she got even more upset, grabbed her gun and threatened him. When Stephen Stem, the attending officer, arrived he told Golden to put down her weapon and then he fired, wounding her.
The puzzling thing is that a number of witnesses claim they heard at least five shots. Golden was pronounced dead at St Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan around 10:00 pm on Tuesday. The officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave as the The Texas Rangers, Hearne Police, and the Robertson County District Attorney’s Office, carry out a full investigation into the incident.
District Attorney Coty Siegert told reporters: “While it is too early in the investigation to comment on any of the facts or evidence stated above, I can say that this was a very tragic occurrence. My prayers go out to the family members of Miss Golden and to the Hearne Community as a whole.”
This isn’t the first time officer Stem has been involved in a fatal shooting. Six months after joining the Hearne Police Department he shot and killed Tederalle Satchell who was firing a gun from his vehicle in the Columbus Village Apartments parking lot.
Stem wasn’t indicted for that shooting and was cleared of any wrong doing.
The Hearne City Council has called a special meeting for Saturday afternoon where council members will discuss the measures to be taken against Officer Stem for the fatal shooting of the 93-year-old woman Pearlie Golden.