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Video: Texas Officer Fired After Deadly Confrontation With 93-Year-Old Woman

May 11, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Texas Officer Fired After Deadly Confrontation With 93-Year-Old Woman

Just four days after a deadly force confrontation between police and an armed, 93-year-old woman, the Hearne, Texas, City Council voted to fire the officer who pulled the trigger. The move came while the incident is under investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Hearne police said in a statement to, that Golden “brandished a gun” this past Tuedsay when officer Stephen Stem arrived, but have declined to comment further as the investigation is underway. Stem was on administrative leave.

Comments (13)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/12/2014 2:00 PM

He will get his job back with pay. There was no cause to fire the officer and the action has been condemned by state and county officials. The Officer was fired without any investigation into the shooting due to public pressure. The victims son stated his mother raised the gun and fired several shots at the officer before he returned fire.

K9Wife @ 5/12/2014 2:55 PM

A 93 year old woman can pull a trigger and shoot an officer just as easily as a 24 year old thug. My prayers and thoughts are with the family on both sides of this, but I don't agree with the decision at all.

Federali @ 5/12/2014 3:40 PM

Just further proof that politicians don't really care about the people that actually put their butts on the line. I hope the citizens fire the City Council and the officer gets his job back, with back pay!

Capt. Crunch @ 5/12/2014 7:05 PM

I see what happened now the city council did not fire the officer because of any wrong doings the city council fired the officer because the NAACP, told the council to fire the officer. The city council should be fired for using the officer as a scapegoat. I feel sorry for the officer all he was only trying to do is protect himself and others.

Lenny @ 5/12/2014 9:29 PM

Glad to see that this was handled quickly and properly.
Civilian oversight is the only way.

New Motto for law enforcement
"Providing permanant solutions for temporary problems for decades"

mike @ 5/13/2014 3:46 AM

Even if the shooting is ultimately deemed to be justified, what officer would want to return to such an unsupportive and toxic environment run by morons?

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/14/2014 3:28 AM

[email protected] you just described every public service position in America.

kt @ 5/14/2014 4:35 PM

Couple of points. 1st Lenny you are clueless saying civilian over site is the only way. I would like to put civilians in a real deadly force situation and see how fast they would crumble. 2nd. I hope that this officer sues the city for firing him due to no investigation. I hope he wins big. Stay tough brother the blue support you and everyone that puts his or her life on the line for those like Lenny.

Lenny @ 5/14/2014 10:59 PM

@ kt
Oh Good, another slow witted, quick tempered, donut laden leviathan
whose only answer is to personally attack and insult.
Police today believe every situation is a deadly force situation from
shooting 93 old women, 12 lb dogs, or leg sweeping an 80 lb HANDCUFFED
child. Or perhaps you could explain(because the local police certainly aren't) the execution of Raymond Herisse.
Welcome sweetheart.

S.S. @ 5/15/2014 5:08 AM

lenny the loser again opens her stupid mouth. God this person is a freakin dumbass. Go back to your dead mommy's basement and keep yourself there you moron.

john @ 5/17/2014 2:17 PM

You know, if Lenny kept his mouth shut, no one would be able to tell just how ignorant he really is.
It sounds like this particular City Council is run by a number of Lenny wanna-be's, so the way I see it the Officer is better off...
Prayers for the Officer, his family and the family of the 93 yoa.

plato's playdough @ 5/19/2014 3:30 AM

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Lenny's long history of inflammatory input should cause one to consider possible reasons that he is still allowed to post comments at all.

Perhaps PoliceMag uses his account to incite emotional, non-reasoned responses, that may be later used in any court case involving an LEO. I myself am thankful that this forum not restricted to LEO, as I have gained a perspective of the dangers involved in the profession, and give thanks that there ARE such courageous souls who take on a responsibility that too few seem capable of comprehending.

Maybe everyone should ignore Lenny, if I may be so bold.

Lenny @ 6/4/2014 11:11 AM

You are right about the disclaimer below the post button.
Try reading some of the personal attacks and profanity used
against me or anyone who don't see the police as absolute heroes
who never make a mistake or step over the line. Also remember
that a lot of police forcs have "Serve and Protect" in their mission

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