Residents of a small Texas town are outraged over the killing of a 93-year-old woman.
Pearlie Golden was shot and killed by Hearne police officer Stephen Stem while he was responding to an emergency call about a female waving a gun. Now the mayor of the town is calling for the officer to be removed from his job.
According to wdef.com,
Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez said Thursday the community has lost confidence after Pearlie Golden was shot this week at her home. Authorities say Officer Stephen Stem was responding to a 911 call about a disturbance involving a woman and a gun.
Hearne police have said Golden “brandished a gun” Tuesday night when Stem encountered her. The officer fired multiple times.
Longtime residents and some activists from nearby Houston protested outside Hearne’s small police headquarters. Retired teacher William Foster says there’s disbelief that an officer could shoot a woman in her 90s under any circumstance.
The elderly woman was struck 3 times from the 5 rounds that were fired from the officer’s gun — once in the chest and twice in the arm.
The officer is currently on administrative leave and this is the second person he has shot and killed in the last 2 years of being on the force.
According to other reports the entire incident happened over the elderly woman failing the test to renew her driver’s license:
Golden’s nephew, Roy Jones, told KBTX-TV Friday that his aunt fired two shots into the ground before Stem fired five rounds at her.
Jones had earlier taken her to renew her driver’s license Tuesday, but she failed the test.
He said she became upset after he took her home. She demanded he hand over her car keys.
He refused, he said. She went to get her .38-caliber revolver.
That’s when Jones phoned 911.
The Hearne Police Department has refused comment on the case after issuing a one-paragraph press release that said Stem fired on the woman after she did not obey several orders from him to drop the gun.
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