Friends: Pearlie Golden was Family

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HEARNE, Texas - 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. The case is under investigation.

Andrew Washington lives nearby and has known Golden for 25 years. He said he was working in his yard when he heard about five gunshots.

"I didn't think much of it, because I was thinking it was on the other street," said Washington.

Washington said after the shots, he heard someone shout "Don't shoot her no more!"

Joyce O'Neil was friends with Golden for more than five decades, and took the news of her death hard.

"It's hard. You can look in my face and see," said 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 was well known in the community. Friends said she could often be seen walking through the neighborhood collecting aluminum cans for recycling.

As a child, Phillip Dixon remembers how Golden saw every child as her own, and how the kids always had to be on your best behavior around her.

"I mean, you were away from home, but you couldn't do no wrong," said Dixon. "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 said, shot and killed Golden, Officer Stephen Stem.

In December 2012, Stem fatally shot Waymon's cousin, Tederalle Satchell. Stem was eventually cleared by the grand jury.

"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," said Webster.

News 3 was told Golden's late husband was a former police officer with the Hearne Police Department.