“It’s a loss of confidence in the community. We can’t have an officer the citizens have lost confidence in,” Mayor Ruben Gomez said about protests surrounding the shooting of a 93-year-old Hearne, Texas resident – killed at the hands of an officer who joined the force two years ago.
The longtime mayor had greeted a group of protestors who appeared at the station to demand the officer who fatally shot the elderly woman named Pearlie Golden, and said he will recommend that the officer be fired.
That, however, didn’t satisfy the deceased woman’s friends and supporters. Authorities say Golden appeared to be shot three times Tuesday night by Officer Stephen Stem after he responded to a 911 call about a disturbance involving a woman and a gun.
“There’s no justification. Any police officer would know not to kill a 93-year-old fragile woman when they could have backed off,” said William Foster, 64, a retired professor in Hearne. “She was no threat to him.”
According to a statement by Hearne police, Golden “brandished a gun” when Stem arrived at her small brick home behind the railroad tracks that run through this mostly poor community of 4,500 people.
Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert said Thursday that a preliminary autopsy shows Golden was shot twice in the body and grazed by a third bullet. It’s the second time Stem has shot and killed a suspect since joining Hearne police in 2012, Siegert said.
According to Hazel Embra, a geriatric nurse and a City Council candidate in Saturday’s local election, Ms. Golden was a spry, sharp woman who was known by many people as “Miss Sulie” and enthusiastically greeted friends with “Hey, baby! How you doing?”
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