Cop “Fired” After Shooting 93-yr-old Woman to Death
DALLAS — A Texas cop who fatally shot a 93-year-old woman following a family dispute has been fired.
Hearne Police Officer Stephen Stem was dismissed Saturday by the Hearne City Council, four days after long-time resident Pearlie Golden was shot at multiple times at her home, about 140 miles south of Dallas.
Stem was called to Golden’s home Tuesday following a 911 call from a relative.
Family members refused to give her keys to her car after the state Department of Motor Vehicles rejected renewing her driver’s license.
Golden’s nephew, Roy Johns, told KBTX-TV that after his aunt, known as “Miss Sully,” failed her driving test and he wouldn’t allow her to use her car, she became angry and retrieved a handgun that had belonged to her late husband.
Family members said that Golden had grabbed a gun and fired two shots into the ground.
After disobeying Stem’s orders to put the weapon, Golden was fired at four times and hit in the arm and chest.
Stem had been placed on administrative leave before his firing.
He did not attend the city county meeting.
It was his second fatal shooting incident since joining the Hearne Police Department in July 2012.
That December, he shot and killed Tederalle Satchell, 28, after responding to a call about people firing weapons in an apartment complex parking lot.
Stem was not disciplined or charged with a crime then.