published Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

93-year-old Texas woman fatally shot by police

HEARNE, Texas — A 93-year-old Central Texas woman was fatally shot at her home by a police officer answering a call about a person with a gun, authorities said.

Pearlie Golden, a longtime resident of Hearne who was affectionately known to her neighbors as Ms. Sully, was shot Tuesday night, Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert said.

"She did have a gun. ... Now, what she was doing with it, that is the ultimate question," said Siegert.

The investigation is being handled by the Texas Rangers. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be presented to a grand jury, Siegert said.

City attorney Bryan Russ Jr. said the officer has been put on paid administrative leave as is standard protocol when an officer is involved in a shooting. "What we believe is that she was instructed to drop the weapon, that is my understanding," Russ said.

He could not comment any further because the investigation is ongoing.

Hearne is a town of about 4,500 people that's about 140 miles south of Dallas.

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