Texas police shoot woman, 93

(CNN) — 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,


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


In the meantime, Hearne City Council members will meet Saturday to

discuss Stem's employment or whether any disciplinary action will be


"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


citizens are upset but at the same time I don't believe all the facts

have come to the surface yet."

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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