Cop “Fired” After Shooting 93-yr-old Woman to Death

Gary Strauss | USA Today

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.

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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.

(Photo11: AP/Stuart Villanueva, Bryan-College Station Eagle)

Hazel Embra holds a Bible while singing with others during a vigil for 93-year-old Pearlie Golden at Golden’s home, Wednesday, in Hearne, Texas.(Photo11: AP/Stuart Villanueva, Bryan-College Station Eagle)

He did not attend the city county meeting.

It was his second fatal shooting incident since joining the Hearne Police Department in July 2012.

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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.

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  • John Gaughan

    woman discharges firearm (possibly) unlawfully (depending on local code). Police officer gives a lawful order for a senile person to disarm after she has shown no willingness to use a firearm responsibly. Police shoots woman.

    I am not 100% sure the cop is the bad guy here, and this is coming from a guy with a natural mistrust of law enforcement. Personally I would not have acted the same way if I were in his position. He was likely morally in the wrong, but he may have legally been in the right. His firing may have been a PR move, especially after four days, and not a legal one.

    We need more information.

  • Ann

    Kills two people in two years. Some cops never kill anyone ever.

  • Tom Lowe

    Grandma was in the wrong here.