More than 100 people are said to have attended a vigil for the 93-year-old woman that was fatally shot outside her home on Tuesday.
Though the incident is being investigated, the entire matter seemed to have stemmed from a 911 phone call about an armed woman.
When police arrived on the scene in Hearne, Texas, they found the irate Pearl Golden. Golden was allegedly angry at her nephew for taking her car keys away because she had failed a driver’s license exam.
Supposedly she had threatened him over the car keys with the weapon.
When the police arrived on the scene, Officer Steve Stem ordered Golden to put down the weapon.
According to a police report, when Golden didn’t comply, the officer shot her at least four times. An exact number has yet to be confirmed.
— Maggie Kiely (@mkiely24) May 8, 2014
The elderly woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Stem has since been placed on administrative leave. Meanwhile, members of the community are heartbroken and trying to figure out just how the situation got so far out of hand.
Hearne Mayor Reuben Gomez addressed the crowd at Golden’s vigil, saying that Stem was going to be a topic of discussion during a Saturday city council meeting.
Cop with a history of fatal shootings guns down 93-year-old woman at her home after she 'brandished a firearm' – http://t.co/XWWkTc3dku
— Marc Hilliker (@MarcHilliker) May 8, 2014
It’s expected the city council will debate what actions to take, if any, against the police officer.
As family, friends, and neighbors gathered to remember the woman that was known affectionately as “Ms. Sully”, they prayed for peace and patience with local authorities.
The investigation is ongoing and members of the Hearne Police Department, Robertson County District Attorney’s Office and Texas Rangers are working together to determine what happened and what actions to take going forward.
— KTLA (@KTLA) May 8, 2014
As the news gains national attention, many have been skeptical about the need to shoot a 93-year-old woman multiple times, even if she was armed.
What do YOU think: Was the shooting justified or excessive and unnecessary? Comment below!
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