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Police in Texas town fatally shoot 93-year-old woman

Police in Texas town fatally shoot 93-year-old woman
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POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:04pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 12:36pm

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, Texas, a town of approximately 4,600 people situated about 150 miles south of Dallas, was shot multiple times Tuesday.

"What I understand is (Hearne police) were called out because a woman was brandishing a firearm," Robertson County District Attorney Coty 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 Steven Stem told Golden to drop her weapon at least three times.

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

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."

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."

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Most of these officers gets a big head when they have a badge and they think they can get away with anything when they don't get caught on film or have a witness to see what they have done. This 93 year old woman did not deserve to be shot like that and there are other measures to take when something like this happened not a bullet . I think he should be charged for murder and fired. this could have been your mother or your grandmother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Relevance? The fact that the cops were called means people were around who were probably not wearing vests.

Hopefully there's some video of what actually happened. Last year in Dallas an unarmed mentally ill man was shot by an officer who filed a false statement. A home owners security camera is the only thing that kept the shooting victim from going to prison on false charges.

Ridiculous! There is no speculation for this, she was 93 years-old, how much harm could she have possibly caused. He could have called for back-up or something, i'm sure there had to be another solution to this versus shooting her, twice. A shot to the ground or to the sky would have probably gotten it, this is plain wrong.

Don't cops have bullet resistant vest, 2 way radios, and know how to get behind cover?

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