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Hearne Police Officer Terminated by City Council

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Officer Stephen Stem/Photo courtesy Robertson County News Officer Stephen Stem/Photo courtesy Robertson County News
Hearne residents fill City Hall while waiting for the city council's decision. Hearne residents fill City Hall while waiting for the city council's decision.
(KCEN) -- The decision was made at an executive session held by the Hearne City Council. In just under 30 minutes the council terminated Hearne police officer Stephen Stem.

Stem had been put on paid administrative leave after shooting 93-year-old Hearne resident Pearlie Golden Tuesday evening. Stem was responding to a disturbance at Golden's home. Officials reported Golden was brandishing a fire arm. Stem allegedly told her to put it down, and at some point opened fire. Police did recover a revolver they believe Golden had been carrying at the time of the shooting.

The officer was officially dismissed from the Hearne Police Department at a packed city council meeting Saturday. The decision was approved unanimously by the council and was met with cheering and applause from the large crowd of Hearne residents in City Hall.

Hearne mayor Ruben Gomez said the council didn't want to wait any longer to make a decision regarding Stem's status.

"It's a concern because it's happened more than once," said Gomez. "That opens up your eyes. You need to look into it a little bit more deeply. We're not going to wait for that process this time because this is the second time."

Stem was previously cleared last May of any wrong doing after he fatally shot a man in Dec. 2012.

The investigation into why the officer shot the woman is still ongoing and has been picked up by the Texas Rangers.

Stem was invited to attend Saturday's council meeting, but he decline.





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