The Texas police officer who fatally shot a 93-year-old woman inside her home was fired Saturday after the city council unanimously voted to remove him from the force.
The city council voted 6-0 to dismiss officer Stephen Stem, who had been placed on paid administrative leave, from the Hearne Police Department over the Tuesday incident.
Stem’s termination came just days after the New Black Panther Party marched Thursday, demanding justice.
Meanwhile, Texas Rangers continue to investigate how Pearlie Golden ended up being shot multiple times at her home.
A 911 call from a man believed to be her relative asked for help from police, Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert said. When Stem arrived on the scene, the 93-year-old woman was “brandishing a firearm,” he added, according to CNN.
“An officer asked her to put the handgun down, and when she would not, shots were fired,” Siegert said, noting that the officer asked her to drop the weapon at least three times before firing the fatal rounds.
Golden was transported to a local hospital where she later died.
The Texas Department of Public Safety reportedly refused to renew Golden’s driver’s license, and her nephew on Tuesday was attempting to take her keys from her — that’s when Golden apparently became upset, grabbed her gun, and threatened her nephew, who then called 911, KBTX-TV reported.
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