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Texas cop kills 93-year-old: Elderly woman shot to death after waving gun

Texas cop kills a 93-year-old woman
Texas cop kills a 93-year-old woman
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A Texas cop kills a 93-year-old woman and the incident is gaining national attention this week. Texas Rangers are investigating the circumstances in which the elderly woman was shot to death at the hands of local police. KBTX reports that the fatal shooting took place Tuesday evening after police responded to a 911 call about a lady waving a gun around outside her home in the small town of Hearne, Texas.

The 93-year-old was a sweet woman known to most people in the neighborhood as "Ms. Sully," although her real name was Pearlie Golden, according to NY Daily News. According to a statement released by police, Golden held a gun in her hand and refused to surrender. After the woman refused to put down her weapon when officer Stephen Stem ordered her to, he fired his weapon, hitting the woman at least five times, according to witnesses.

Golden was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Neighbors question why the police felt compelled to open fire directly at a 93-year-old woman.

“Even if she did have a gun, she is in her 90’s,” said Lawanda Cooke, who lives nearby. “They could have shot in the air to scare her. Maybe she would have dropped it. I don’t see her shooting anyone.

The case is now being investigated by the Texas Rangers, Hearne Police and the Robertson County District Attorney's Office. A official statement from the police is expected soon.

“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.”

The Hearne Police Department said that the Texas cop had been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is being conducted. Robertson County Dist. Atty. Coty Siegert explained that once the investigation was complete, the case would be presented to a grand jury to decide whether Stem should face charges.