NEPHEW SAYS GOLDEN FIRED GUN BEFORE SHE WAS KILLED

The nephew of Hearne shooting victim Pearlie Golden, says his aunt fired two shots before she was shot and killed by a Hearne police officer.

Roy Jones tells KBTX TV-3 that his 93-year-old aunt failed her driver’s license renewal test Tuesday.

He says Golden demanded her keys, he refused, and Golden went inside the house and got her 38 caliber revolver.  Jones said he then ran to the side of the house and called police.

Jones says officer Stephen Stem responded and ordered Golden to put the gun down, but Golden refused. Jones said Golden fired two shots gun into the ground.

Robertson County District Attorney Coty Seigert said Stem fired four shots, hitting Golden twice, once in the arm and once in the upper chest. Golden died a short time later at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

Seigert said because the case is still under investigation, he could neither confirm nor deny that Golden fired her gun.

Houston activist Quanell X and his New Black Panther Nation, led a march of about 100 people to the police station in protest Thursday, calling for the arrest of Officer Stem. Mayor Ruben Gomez said he will recommend during Saturday’s special council meeting that Stem be fired.

The District Attorney’s Office says it could take up to two months for the case to be presented to a grand jury.

Golden’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at Old Elam Missionary Baptist Church where she was a member for most of her life.