Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer
By: KBTX Staff Email
Updated: Wed 5:55 PM, May 07, 2014
Officer Involved Shooting
- Pearlie Golden, 93, shot and killed
- Police: Golden refused to drop gun
- Officer Stephen Stem placed on paid leave
- Candlelight vigil at 7:00 p.m. at Golden’s home
HEARNE – UPDATE: Wednesday 5:55 p.m. Hearne Police say the 93-year-old woman who was shot and killed by one of their officers was armed with a gun.
According to the Robertson County District Attorney’s Office, police responded to a 911 call about 6:30 Tuesday evening about a lady waving a gun around, outside a home on Pin Oaks Street.
News 3 has learned the person who has called 911 is Pearlie Golden’s nephew. A few days ago, the Texas Department of Public Safety refused to renew her driver’s license. The nephew was trying to take her keys away. Golden got upset, grabbed her gun and threatened him.
When Officer Stephen Stem arrived, he asked Golden to “put down the weapon and then ultimately fir(ed) his own sidearm, wounding Miss Golden.”
Multiple witnesses tell us they heard at least five shots. Golden was pronounced dead at St Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan before 10:00 p.m. Tuesday.
A group of citizens are organizing a candlelight vigil. It will be held tonight at 7:00, in front of Golden’s home. Stem has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The Texas Rangers, Hearne Police and the Robertson County District Attorney’s Office are investigating. The case will eventually 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,” said District Attorney Coty Siegert. “My prayers go out to the family members of Miss Golden and to the Hearne Community as a whole.”
This is the second time Stem has been involved in a deadly shooting. Stem joined the Hearne Police Department on July 22, 2012. Less than six months later, he shot and killed Tederalle Satchell. Police say Satchell was shooting a gun from a car in the Columbus Village Apartments parking lot.
A Robertson County Grand Jury did not indict Stem, clearing him of any wrong doing. Before joining Hearne, Stem spent a year with the Lott Police Department and nearly three years with Bryan P.D.
The Hearne City Council has called a special meeting for Saturday afternoon. Council members will discuss disciplinary measures for Stem, up to and including termination.
======== Tuesday 8:30-11:30 p.m. A 93-year-old woman is shot and killed by a police officer at her home in Hearne. Pearlie Golden, known in the neighborhood as Ms. Sully, was pronounced dead Tuesday night at St. Joseph Hospital.
The elderly woman was rushed there after being shot by a male officer at her house on Pin Oak Street.
Multiple witnesses tell us she was shot at least five times.
Hearne police are not ready to say whether Golden was armed or why the officer felt threatened. “All I know is that they were called out here,” said Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert.
“They were dispatched out here to address the situation. Again, I’m not sure exactly what that situation was, but it was not a random encounter.”
Residents are questioning why police would shoot Golden who they described as a sweet, sweet woman. “Even if she did have a gun, she is in her 90’s,” said Lawanda Cooke.
“They could have shot in the air to scare her. Maybe she would have dropped it. I don’t see her shooting anyone.
Siegert says the case will eventually be presented to a Grand Jury, which is standard procedure in officer involved shootings. The Texas Rangers and Robertson County District Attorney’s Office are investigating.
The Hearne Police Department says they are working on a news release. We’ll bring you that information as soon as it is released.
Pearlie Golden (late 1980’s)
Stephen Stem (Courtesy: Robertson County News)
I know that police are not trained to wound anyone (weapon in hand, or not), but to shoot center mass right to the chest, which is usually an automatic kill shot. But, five shots?
“Multiple witnesses tell us they heard at least five shots. Golden was pronounced dead at St Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan before 10:00 p.m. Tuesday.”
If forensics and the autopsy shows where Ms. Pearlie Golden was shot five times, that would be excessive deadly force.
This is also not the first time that Officer Stephen Stem has used deadly force:
“This is the second time Stem has been involved in a deadly shooting.Stem joined the Hearne Police Department on July 22, 2012. Less than six months later, he shot and killed Tederalle Satchell. Police say Satchell was shooting a gun from a car in the Columbus Village Apartments parking lot. A Robertson County Grand Jury did not indict Stem, clearing him of any wrong doing.”“According to the Hearne Police Department, officer Stephen Stem has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure for an officer involved shooting. Officer Stem was also involved in a shooting back in December 2012, that killed a 28-year-old man who was described as mentally handicapped. He was no billed by a grand jury.”
Not only that, he has had three jobs with law enforcement agencies:
“Before joining Hearne, Stem spent a year with the Lott Police Department and nearly three years with Bryan P.D.”
The end of the updated article states possible termination for Stem:
“The Hearne City Council has called a special meeting for Saturday afternoon. Council members will discuss disciplinary measures for Stem, up to and including termination.”
The use of five shots.
One shot was not enough?
Of course, the state of mind Ms. Golden was in is not known. Yes, no one wants to see a citizen gunned down by the cops; and, yes, people do want to see and hear of officers not getting shot in the line of duty and going home. On the other hand, I can’t wait to see what the grand jury comes up with.
But five shots? Had to use five shots as if this woman was target practice? Or did he shoot her out of anger and rage? Or was it because he was jumpy with fear from past histories of abuse towards people he came into contact with while in or out of uniform and feared that one day retribution would arrive on his doorstep, so he went trigger-happy on Ms. Golden?
Or, maybe it was because she was a 93-year-old Black woman whose life had no value as to slaughter her with multiple shots.
Oh, wait, she was Black, elderly, and a woman.
All the more reason to lock and unload on her.
……………..maybe this is how officers are trained to shoot at potential suspects: