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Small Texas town's officials fire police officer who fatally shot 93-year-old armed woman

Darrel Brown, 8, lights candles at a makeshift memorial for Pearlie Golden during a vigil at Golden's home Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Hearne, Texas. Golden was shot and killed outside her home by a Hearne police officer on Tuesday after she allegedly brandished a firearm the Hearne Police Department said. (AP Photo/Bryan-College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)

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Darrel Brown, 8, lights candles at a makeshift memorial for Pearlie Golden during a vigil at Golden's home Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Hearne, Texas. Golden was shot and killed outside her home by a Hearne police officer on Tuesday after she allegedly brandished a firearm the Hearne Police Department said. (AP Photo/Bryan-College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)

HEARNE, Texas - Officials in a small Central Texas town voted Saturday to fire a police officer who shot and killed an armed 93-year-old woman during a confrontation at her home.

The city council's unanimous vote to dismiss Officer Stephen Stem came after a meeting that lasted less than 30 minutes, KBTX-TV reported.

Mayor Ruben Gomez had said he would recommend the termination of Stem, who shot and killed Pearlie Golden on Tuesday night. Gomez promised that to demonstrators who marched to city hall protesting the shooting of "Miss Sulie," as many residents called Golden.

Hearne police have said in a statement that Golden "brandished a gun" when Stem arrived, but have declined to comment further. Stem was on administrative leave while Texas Rangers investigated the shooting.

But Golden's nephew, Roy Jones, told the TV station in the Bryan-College Station area that his aunt became upset when she was denied a driver's license renewal and armed herself when he refused to return her car keys. Jones said he called the police emergency dispatcher, and he said Golden fired two shots into the ground before the officer who responded shot her.

Authorities say a revolver believed to be the weapon Golden had at the time of the shooting was found at the scene.

Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert said because the case is still under investigation, he could neither confirm nor deny that Golden fired her gun. He said a preliminary autopsy shows Golden was shot twice in the body and grazed by a third bullet.

Stem's attorney, Robert McCabe, said he believes his client's actions were justified under the circumstances and called the mayor's comments inappropriate and unprofessional.

"He probably knows less facts about what occurred than I do," McCabe said.

Hearne is home to about 4,500 people and is surrounded by cotton farms and railways.

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Information from: KBTX-TV, http://www.kbtx.com

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