CITY OF HEARNE FIRES POLICE OFFICER

The Hearne City Council has fired the police officer who shot and killed a 93-year-old woman.

Officer Stephen Stem Courtesy: KBTX

Officer Stephen Stem
Courtesy: KBTX

Saturday afternoon, the council unanimously voted to take disciplinary action against Officer Stephen Stem. It took them less than 30 minutes to reach the decision.

Tuesday the nephew of Pearlie Golden contacted police saying she’d threatened him with a .38 caliber revolver after he’d taken her car keys away. She was reportedly upset about not being allowed to drive after failing a driver’s license renewal test.

Officials say Stem ordered Golden to drop the gun, but Golden fired two shots gun into the ground. Robertson County DA Coty Seigert said Stem the fired four shots, hitting Golden twice.  She died at a Bryan hospital a short time later.

Mayor Ruben Gomez said earlier that he would recommend termination. Saturday, city attorney Bryan Ross advised the council do to the same.

In a statement Friday, Stem's attorney Robert McCabe said he is “fully confident that Stem’s actions were necessary and legally justified.”

Stem joined the Hearne Police Department in July 2012. Six months later, he shot and killed 28-year-old Tederalle Satchell who was firing a gun from inside a vehicle in a parking lot. A Grand Jury did not indict Stem in that shooting.