The death of 93-year-old Pearlie "Miss Sully" Golden came at the hands of a police officer who'd been on the job for less than two years -- but managed to kill two people in the line of duty.
Golden died on Tuesday night after Officer Stephen Stem was called to her house, responding to a 911 call about a woman with a gun. The details are still "unclear at best," as KBTX put it, but the Hearne, Texas police department said in a statement that Golden "brandished a gun" and would not put it down when Stem ordered her to. She was shot three times (some witnesses said they heard as many as five shots) and died at a local hospital. A revolver was reportedly found at the scene.
Aside from Golden's age, one not generally associated with violence (though there are, of course, exceptions), is the fact that Stem is white and Golden was black. Also black was the man Stem killed on the job in late 2012. Tederalle Satchell, 28, was with two other men who were reported to be firing a weapon inside a car. Here, too, details are hard to come by, but it seems that the three fled the police on foot and Satchell was shot and killed. He was not armed when Stem shot him, but he was during the pursuit, according to the AP. A grand jury cleared Stem and he returned to duty.
With Golden's death, Stem is now averaging one killing a year. That's a remarkable statistic considering that Hearne is a small town of about 4,500 people (predominantly black and poor, according to recent census data) that's not exactly a hotbed of crime. In February, the police department recorded just 54 arrests, according to its Facebook page. The month before, just 59.