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Nephew: Woman, 93, fired shots before being killed

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:07 p.m. HST, May 09, 2014

HEARNE, Texas » The nephew of a 93-year-old Central Texas woman shot and killed by a police officer says his aunt fired two shots before the officer shot her.

Roy Jones told KBTX-TV of Bryan and College Station for a story aired Friday that he had taken his aunt Pearlie Golden to renew her driver's license Tuesday, but she was denied after failing her test.

As Jones took his aunt back to her Hearne home, he could tell she was upset by the denial, he said.

Back at her house, Jones said he was sitting with his aunt on her front porch when Golden demanded her keys back. He refused, so Golden went into the house and got her .38-caliber handgun. Jones dashed into the house and called police, he told the station.

Hearne police have said in a statement that Golden "brandished a gun" when officer Stephen Stem arrived Tuesday night. A preliminary autopsy shows Golden was shot twice in the body and grazed by a third bullet, Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert has said.

Hearne police have declined to comment beyond the statement issued this week. Stem has been placed on administrative leave, and The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.

Siegert told the station that because the case is still under investigation, he could neither confirm nor deny that Golden fired her gun.

About 110 miles northwest of Houston, Hearne is home to about 4,500 people and is surrounded by cotton farms and railways. Friends say Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant "Hey, baby!"

Dozens of protesters, including some who came in from Houston, marched to police headquarters on Thursday and were met there by Mayor Ruben Gomez, who said he will recommend that Stem be fired during Saturday's City Council meeting.

"It's a loss of confidence in the community. We can't have an officer the citizens have lost confidence in," Gomez said.

However, Stem's attorney, Robert McCabe, told the station that he believes his client's actions were justified under the circumstances and called the mayor's comments inappropriate and unprofessional.

"He probably knows less facts about what occurred than I do," McCabe said.

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kailua000 wrote:
First time I read about this, I sided with the protestors. Now, I have to side with the police if her own nephew is saying she fired two shots before she was shot. Are police or others in the area to think "well she's old, she'll miss". doesnt work that way.
on May 9,2014 | 07:44PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
According to yesterday's headline, the media wanted you to believe otherwise and hate guns.
on May 9,2014 | 09:19PM
Slow wrote:
She shot first. Makes me want to love guns. Give me my Constitutionally guaranteed machine gun. And a slave or two. Read Article 1. Bring back slavery along with lots more guns.
on May 10,2014 | 07:37AM
Pocho wrote:
I'm quite surprised the Rev.'s Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Rep. Fredericka Wilson did not come to Granny's aid calling for a protest of some sorts. But I'm very elated to see that the Black community in Texas did not bring up this incident as being racially motivated. A white cop killing a black person thing and although the protesting crowd may not have known the reason why the cop drew and fired his weapon, I commend them for not bringing racial hate into the protest.
on May 10,2014 | 08:41AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Somehow I don't think the "New Black Panther" party was marching in the town to just protest the cop's shooting of a 93 yr. old. But they hate law enforcement all by itself, so it could be true.
on May 10,2014 | 12:09PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
You go one way then go another. Yes, each time the story changes. But from what I've read, she shot the two rounds into the Ground. If she did, she was more of a threat to herself. Like shooting oneself in the foot. While I am not there of course, but this officer was wrong to put himself in close proximity to the subject. Why not? The Police will say, in a split second, the gun person can raise the gun and shoot me, right? Therefore being in close range, if the person blinks, that is enough and justification for the Police to shoot first and claim 'self defense'. Training should teach each officer to stay away and hidden. Shout out instructions and wait to see what develops. That way the suspect can make a decision, without being shot for any movement he decides to make. The suspect most likely will not shoot at something he cannot see. This officer, by placing himself in close, aiming his gun at her, whatever she does, (flinch or blink) he will shoot because of the split second mentality. This is Murder by badge to me. Pity
on May 10,2014 | 02:41PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
daniwitz, you should rewrite the books on criminal justice. Then become a cop and show everyone how it's done.
on May 11,2014 | 08:22AM
Anonymous wrote:
Does it hurt less if you're shot by an elderly woman than by some common street thug? The lady earned her dirt nap the minute she began pointing the handgun at innocent people.
on May 9,2014 | 10:39PM
Anonymous wrote:
Does it hurt less if you get shot by a senior citizen than if you got shot by a street thug? Aiming a gun at innocent people is serious business. Sadly, the lady got what she had coming.
on May 9,2014 | 10:40PM
Anonymous wrote:
Low and behold, now the truth comes out. :-(
on May 9,2014 | 10:42PM
kk808 wrote:
She was obviously very angry, so angry that she brings out her handgun in front of her nephew. I can imagine the shock and relief felt by the staff at the license center. I'm sure they're thinking "what if?"
on May 10,2014 | 07:44AM
st1d wrote:
"Dozens of protesters, including some who came in from Houston, marched to police headquarters on Thursday and were met there by Mayor Ruben Gomez, who said he will recommend that Stem be fired . . . "

ignorance on parade, or, core democrat voters.

on May 10,2014 | 02:47AM
Slow wrote:
There was a Republican there. I saw one. The old white guy.
on May 10,2014 | 07:38AM
hawaiikone wrote:
A liberal racist, quite the conundrum...
on May 10,2014 | 07:55AM
st1d wrote:
actually, quite the epitome of lieberal racism.
on May 10,2014 | 09:22AM
hawaiikone wrote:
I noticed the contradiction rather than the confirmation.
on May 10,2014 | 10:17AM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Typical knee jerk reaction. No one can wait for the facts to come out anymore. So now, the cop is protested upon and threatened to be fired by the mayor for trying to prevent himself and others from being killed?
on May 10,2014 | 07:07AM
2NDC wrote:
STOP! Or my mom will shoot! :-O
on May 10,2014 | 05:27PM
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