Texas police officer shoots dead 93-year-old woman

AUSTIN, Texas Thu May 8, 2014 1:09pm EDT

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A small town Texas police officer responding to an emergency call about a female with a gun has been suspended for shooting dead a 93-year-old woman in her home, authorities said on Thursday.

Hearne police officer Stephen Stem fatally shot Pearlie Golden, who was brandishing a firearm, the Robertson County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

"Officer Stem engaged the elderly female asking her to put down the weapon and then ultimately fired his own sidearm wounding Miss Golden, who later died at St. Joseph's Hospital," the statement said.

The Texas Rangers have been called in to investigate the incident in the central Texas town of Hearne. Hearne has a population of about 4,500 and is about 90 miles northeast of Austin.

The same officer was placed on leave about a year ago for shooting dead a suspect when responding to a call of an unruly crowd gathering in an apartment complex parking lot, The Eagle newspaper of Bryan-College Station reported.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz, editing by G Crosse)

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wilhelm wrote:
open for business!

May 08, 2014 2:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:
Quoting the article: “The same officer was placed on leave about a year ago for shooting dead a suspect when responding to a call of an unruly crowd gathering in an apartment complex parking lot.”

Well, this officer MIGHT have a problem this time with THIS killing. Shooting and killing a 93-year-old woman “in her own home”, in Texas, is a sticky-wicket.

Texas’ “Castle Doctrine Law” would ordinarily side with the woman defending her own habitation; … well, so long as she was not Black or Hispanic minority person, that is. After all this IS Texas we’re talking about, here.

If the dead woman was Black or Hispanic/Latino, then all bets are off for the Texas justice system. Very unlikely that a Texas Grand Jury would indict a police officer for killing an ethnic minority person.

If this cop happens to lose his job over two killings in just a little over a year, he can always find law enforcement employment in the State of Florida, where cops, retired cops and ‘wannabe cops’ (aka: self-appointed Neighborhood Watchmen) can kill unarmed Black teenagers, annoying movie theater patrons texting their 3-year old daughter’s babysitter, and minority youths who play the wrong kind of music too loud in their vehicle while parked in the convenience store parking lot.

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law eliminates that pesky nuisance technicality about killing those who inconvenience you, when they are in their own homes: “Hey, I was just ‘standing my ground’!”

“Come to Florida, where it’s ALWAYS ‘open season’, YEEE-HAWWWWW!!!”

May 08, 2014 3:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Ralphooo wrote:
Suspended a year ago for killing someone. Suspended this year for killing someone. It will be important to get him back on the streets within a year so he can claim his triple crown.

May 08, 2014 3:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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