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Pearlie Golden, 93
Hearne, Texas
May 07, 2014

Agencies: Robertson County District Attorney's Office Texas | Hearne Police Department Texas

Cause of death: shooting

Last updated: almost 2 years ago

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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.

KBTX reported that Golden’s death was the second fatal shooting from Stem, who shot and killed a man firing a gun from a car in an apartment complex less than six months after joining the Hearne Police Department in 2012. Stem was cleared of any wrong doing in that first shooting by a grand jury. He was later given a volunteer Deputy role in Texas.

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Officer who killed her fired.

September 2014 No Charges against Stem

February 2015 A judge dismisses the wrongful termination lawsuit

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May 2014 Mayor and protesters want Officer Stem fired

May 2014 Second town hall meeting

May 2014 Funeral Service

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