93 year-old woman gunned down in home by police, investigators say she was armed (w/ video)Hearne, TX (CNN) - Friends of a 93-year-old woman shot and killed by a Hearne Police officer say she was more like family to them. Pearlie Golden, known to friends as Ms. Sully, was shot around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home off Pin Oaks Street in Hearne. Investigators said Golden had a gun and refused to put it down.
By: David Norris, CNN
Hearne, TX (CNN) - Friends of a 93-year-old woman shot and killed by a Hearne Police officer say she was more like family to them. Pearlie Golden, known to friends as Ms. Sully, was shot around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home off Pin Oaks Street in Hearne. Investigators said Golden had a gun and refused to put it down.
Andrew Washington – Neighbor: "This is what I was working on, right here."
Andrew Washington says he was in his backyard working when he heard the shots.
Andrew Washington: "I didn't think much of it, because I was thinking it was on the other street."
It's what he heard next that made him realize the danger was closer to home.
Andrew Washington: "Don't shoot her no more. That's the only thing I heard."
He later found out his friend of 25 years, Perlie Golden, known as Ms. Sully, had been shot. She went to this church for most of her life. That's why all you have to do is take a short walk through the streets of Hearne, and you'll not only find someone who knew her, but who knew her well.
Joyce O'Neil – Friend: "It's hard. You can look in my face and see. I cried this morning."
Joyce Oneil has been friends with Sully since the day they met - more than five decades ago.
Joyce O’Neil: "She'd come over and sit on the patio. We'd sit on the patio all the time. I'm going to miss her."
Golden could often be seen walking the neighborhoods and collecting aluminum cans for recycling. As a child, Phillip Dixon remembers how Golden saw every child as her own, and how you always had to be on your best behavior around her.
Philip Dixon – Friend: "I mean, you were away from home, but you couldn't do no wrong, because if she saw you, she was going to tell momma on you, and you were going to get a whoopin."
Waymon Webster is all too familiar with the officer who police say shot and killed Golden, Officer Stephen Stem. In December 2012 Stem fatally shot Waymon's cousin. He was eventually cleared by the grand jury.
Waymon Webster – Knows Officer: "What are they going to do, let him go, so he can smile and hold another pistol? You know what I mean? It's not right."
Everyone who knew Golden says there's one thing they'll miss the most.
Andrew Wilson: "Her presence. Just seeing her come through or what not. Seeing her waving, driving slow. Who was this old woman coming through here driving so slow? That's her."