HEARNE SHOOTING CASE ATTRACTS DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ATTENTION

The May 6th shooting death of a 93-year old Hearne woman by a city police officer is getting the attention of  the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ninety-three year old Pearlie Golden was shot to death by a Hearne police officer. (Photo courtesy KBTX)

Ninety-three year old Pearlie Golden was shot to death by a Hearne police officer. (Photo courtesy KBTX)

The second town hall meeting in Hearne concerning the shooting death of 93-year old Pearlie Golden had an official with the U.S. Department of Justice in attendance.

Kim Milstead listened to the community’s concerns and gathered information to present to the Hearn police chief.  She said she was not looking for a case to prosecute, investigate, or enforce any laws, but to act as a mediator between the community and city officials.

Milstead said the justice department offers police training, law enforcement, mediation skills, and diversity training to address issues such as this shooting.

Hearne Police Officer Stephen Stern shot Golden three weeks ago after her nephew says she fired two shots into the ground and refused to drop her weapon.  Officer Stern told his attorney that Golden never fired any shots.  The Hearne City Council however, fired the officer four days after the incident.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting and will turn over their evidence to a grand juryt to determine if Stern should face charges in the incident.