A 93-year-old woman was shot and killed by a Texas police officer, WSPA News reported May 8.
This is an upsetting story that ended with the death of Pearlie Golden, known in her Hearne, Texas neighborhood as ‘Ms. Sully.’
Things began to go horribly wrong when Pearlie demanded Roy give her back the keys to her car. When Roy refused, Pearlie went in the house and returned with a .38-caliber weapon. It was then Roy decided to call the police.
Hearne Police Department officers were dispatched to a ‘disturbance involving a woman with a gun.’ They stated in their report that Golden “brandished a gun” when officer Stephen Stem arrived Tuesday night.
Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert has said an autopsy was performed, showing Pearlie was struck twice in the body and grazed by a third bullet.
Roy Jones said his aunt fired her weapon twice before Officer Stem returned fire. Jones didn’t say whether she had aimed the weapon toward himself or the officer.
Hearn police have declined to comment. Stem has been placed on administrative leave while the Texas Rangers investigate the case. Siegert won’t confirm or deny whether Pearlie fired her weapon before being shot.
Robert McCabe, attorney for Officer Stem, says his client’s actions were justified. Mayor Ruben Gomez says he’ll recommend that Stem is fired during Saturday’s City Council meeting. McCabe calls the mayors comments inappropriate and unprofessional. Mayor Gomez stated
“It’s a loss of confidence in the community. We can’t have an officer the citizens have lost confidence in.”
Pearlie was well known in her community of 4,500 residents. She still shopped the local grocery and had a kind word for everyone.
Protester’s as far away as Houston marched to the police department on Thursday. William Foster, a retired professor in Hearne told Nanaimo News.
“There’s no justification. Any police officer would know not to kill a 93-year-old fragile woman when they could have backed off. She was no threat to him.”
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