The Robertson County District Attorney's office and the Texas Rangers are still investigating 93-year-old Pearlie Golden's death on the front lawn of her Hearne homeTuesday.
When Hearne police arrived at Golden's home in the 1400 block of Pin Oak Street, Hearne Police Officer Stephen Stem found Golden, showing a gun. After asking her to put down the weapon, Stem fired multiple shots, injuring Golden. She died later at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.
"I just don't understand--" said Lawanda Cooke, who watched from afar. "Why would they shoot her? I don't understand that."
Officers found a revolver at the scene, which Texas Rangers are currently holding.
"Even if you feel like she had a gun, you could have shot in the air to scare her. You could have tased her--anything--" said Cooke. "Shoot her five times? I mean, really, what is that all about."
"I don't know why it got to the point where he felt that he had to come over here and do that type of policing," said Andrew Washington, Golden's neighbor.
After Tuesday's shooting, Stem was placed on paid administrative leave. Stem has a history of shootings on the job.
In December 2012, he shot 28-year-old Tederalle Satchel. Satchel's cousin, Kelvin Mitchell, lives down the street from Golden.
"You just have to let the justice system do its jo and just hope that they get justice for this lady because they didn't get justice for my cousin," said Mitchell. "You probably couldn't bleep out all the words I really want to say."
On Saturday, Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez will hold a special session at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the possible termination of Stem from his position at Hearne PD.
It happened at a home near the corner of Karney Street and Pin Oak Street.
Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert says an officer was called to the home for a situation, but details beyond that are unknown.
Siegert says the officer shot a woman who is about 93-years-old, though, he does not believe the officer entered the home.
The woman was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.
The hospital confirms she later died.
Hearne police, DPS, Texas Rangers, and the Robertson County DA are investigating.
The Robertson County District Attorney's Office released this statement around 11:30am on Wednesday:
Hearne Police Officers responded to a call Tuesday evening regarding a lady brandishing a firearm. Upon reaching the scene, Officer Stephen Stem located Miss Pearly Golden, a 93 year old Hearne Resident, and confirmed that she did have a firearm. Officer Stem engaged the elderly female asking her to put down the weapon and then ultimately firing his own sidearm wounding Miss Golden who later died at St Joseph's Hospital.
This matter is currently under investigation by the Texas Rangers with the assistance of the Robertson County District Attorney's Office. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be presented to a Grand Jury. While it is too early in the investigation to comment on any of the facts or evidence stated above, I can say that this was a very tragic occurrence and my prayers go out to the family members of Miss Golden and to the Hearne Community as a whole.