Pearlie Golden, a 93-year old from Hearne, Texas, failed her driving test this week. When her nephew tried to take her keys away, she pulled out a revolver, waving it in the air. The police were called, and in the end, five shots were fired, at least two hitting Golden, killing her.
Golden went to renew her driver's license earlier this week, but the state of Texas denied her. She was obviously upset about it, and having her nephew try to take away her keys made her even angrier.
So angry that she took out a revolver.
Her nephew called the police, who responded to the scene. After asking her to drop the weapon and Golden refusing, an officer discharged his weapon. Witnesses say they heard at least five shots, and CNN says at least two of them hit Golden. She was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 10 PM Tuesday evening.
Locals are stunned. Golden was known as a "sweet, sweet, woman" A neighbor said she "didn't see Pearlie shooting anyone."
The officer involved, Stephen Stem, was involved in another fatal shooting in early 2013. He was cleared of any wrongdoing in that incident and has been placed on paid administrative leave. The Hearne City Council will have a special meeting on Saturday to determine what, if any, disciplinary measures will happen to Stem. This could include termination.
Hat Tip to Ersin