Skip to comments.Texas town shaken by officer shooting 93-year-old
Posted on 05/09/2014 6:11:03 AM PDT by Rusty0604
Friends say 93-year-old Pearlie Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant "Hey, baby!" Now they and the mayor of this small Texas town want the police officer who shot and killed her gone.
Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert said a preliminary autopsy shows Golden was shot twice in the body and grazed by a third bullet. It's the second time Stem has shot and killed a suspect since joining the department in 2012, Siegert said.
"There's no justification. Any police officer would know not to kill a 93-year-old fragile woman when they could have backed off," said William Foster, 64, a retired professor in Hearne. "She was no threat to him."
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I now see American police the way I’ve seen Mexican police my entire adult life. Just because they speak the same language as me, it doesn’t make them automatically better. And, frankly, coming into contact with police in this country can be just as harrowing as in any third world country.
Yes, it’s gotten that bad.
He has just the stuff they're looking for!
They can now kill you if they ‘imagine’ you may have a gun and that you potentially could pull it out and shoot at them...And then they get a paid vacation for a reward...
“Law EnFORCEment” versus “Peace Officer”.
We used to have the latter... now we have the former.
Yes, but the important thing is that the officer got to go home to his family that night.
A 93 year old with a gun can kill you just like a 13, 17 or other.
dead is dead. If the shooting was justified, I feel for the officer. If not justified, he should burn.
Looks like the “DOG” Killers have moved on up.
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
The story left out way too many details for me to make a decision about whether he acted wrongfully or not.
Only thing I got out of the story is that she brandished a gun.
If she pointed it at him.. then what choice did he have?
Two shootings in two years seems a bit above average for somewhere outside of Bhagdad or Newark. Maybe it just seems that way to me. I need to hear the other side of the story but if that part includes: I thought she had a gun or some such, he is so far over the line to be a threat, not a resource.
The 'Professor' is just a bit naive...
I agree, since we don’t even have a description of the incident.
Shooting any elderly person is not necessary if the officer has a back off option. No other explanation of my statement is needed for anyone in their right mind.
So it’s dark outside, you hear noises in your house or outside your house. What you are saying is that it is not safe to grab your gun and check it out, because if it happens to be a police officer they have every right to shoot you just because you have a gun. They couldn’t shout out and/or fall back?
I live in the small Texas town, and the woman was wielding a pistol. However, when it was on the local news, my first thought was, couldn’t he have aimed at her legs? The lady was in a confrontation with a relative and had gotten the gun, so they called the police. She was waving it around and apparently talking irrationally. This was in a black community of town; one of those who was covered by the local news was a pastor who urged everyone to pray and wait for the investigation.
I won’t call you naive, but I would call you something else.
The Professor is 100% right!
I’d be curious about the history of the gun the woman “pointed” at the officer.
Was it in her name? Or, was it unregistered?
I’m not using the word “throwdown”, you understand...
Thank you for the added information.
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