Nephew of 93-year-old Texas woman shot, killed by police officer says she fired 2 shots first

Paul J. Weber / The Associated Press
May 9, 2014 06:19 AM

Hazel Embra holds a Bible while singing with others during a vigil for 93-year-old Pearlie Golden at Golden's home, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Hearne, Texas. Golden was shot and killed outside her home by a Hearne police officer on Tuesday after she allegedly brandished a firearm, the Hearne Police Department said. (AP Photo/Bryan-College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)

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

Roy Jones told KBTX-TV 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 home, he could tell she was upset, he said.

Jones said he later 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-calibre handgun. Jones ran 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. A preliminary autopsy shows Golden was shot twice 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.

Dozens of protesters 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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Information from: KBTX-TV, http://www.kbtx.com


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