Hearne police officer shoots 93-year-old woman (TX)

A 93-year-old woman, Pearlie Golden, died at a Bryan hospital Tuesday after being shot at least five times by a Hearne police officer.

A sheriff’s office statement describes officers responding to a 911 call of a woman allegedly “waving a gun around” outside a residence. When Officer Stephen Stem arrived, he asked Golden to “put down the weapon and then ultimately fir(ed) his own sidearm, wounding Miss Golden,” KWTX.com reports of the statement.

KBTX.com additionally notes Golden’s nephew as calling 911. Per the station, the Texas Department of Public Safety refused to renew Golden’s driver’s license several days earlier. Upon the nephew trying to take her keys away, Golden allegedly became upset, grabbed her gun and threatened him.

The case will be presented to a grand jury. Meanwhile, Stem is on paid administrative leave and the incident is being investigated by Texas Rangers, Hearne police and the Robertson County District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to joining the Hearne Police Department in July 2012, Stem spent a year with the Lott Police Department and nearly three years with the Bryan Police Department.

Less than six months after joining the Hearne force, Stem was also involved in the deadly shooting of Tederalle Satchell, a man police say fired a gun from a car in an apartment complex parking lot. Stem was later cleared of wrongdoing when a Robertson County grand jury declined to indict.

Described as “a sweet, sweet woman known in the neighborhood as Ms. Sully,” neighbors question what happened.

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

Lou Ann Anderson is an information activist and the editor of Watchdog Wire – Texas. As also a contributor at Raging Elephants Radio and News Radio 1400 KTEM, she writes and speaks on a variety of public policy topics. Lou Ann is the creator and online producer at Estate of Denial®, a website that addresses probate abuse via wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney as well as other taxpayer advocacy issues.

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