Saturday, February 09, 2013

Walmart Shoplifter Plugged by Deputy Sheriff - Part 21 in my "Shoot First, Questions Never" series!

27 year old Shelly Frey, mother-of-two, was shot and killed by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy at a Walmart in Texas.

Louis Campbell, a 26-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, is employed as a security guard at Walmart. He was notified by store security that Frey and two accomplices had placed some items in their purses while shopping.

As there were exiting the store Campbell who was in his uniform, stopped the women and identified himself as a law-enforcement official but the trio fled to their vehicle. Campbell gave chase and opened Frey’s car door, ordering her to exit the vehicle, an order she refused to comply with. Tisa Andrews, another of the suspects, then put the vehicle in reverse while Deputy Campbell was standing between the open door and the driver’s seat.

“She threw it in reverse and tried to run over the deputy,” said Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Deputy Thomas Gilliland. “He confronted the suspects at exit of the store before they left. One female wouldn’t stop, struck the deputy with her purse, ran off.” He added, “I think it knocked him off balance and, in fear of his life and being ran over, he discharged his weapon at that point.”

Even with Frey wounded in the neck, the women still fled, but they stopped on Greens Parkway. Frey was pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics arrived. “Shelly was the perfect mom, perfect friend, perfect daughter,” said her father, Shelton Frey. “Why couldn’t you just shoot the tire, shoot the window?” said her mother Sharon Wilkerson. “Was it that serious?”

Verdict: RIGHTEOUS KILL! That's right! Although the crime itself was certainly not one to be answered with a bullet to the neck. The trifecta of Assaulting a Police Officer, Evading/Resisting Arrest and Attempted Vehicular Manslaughter means you deserve to get dropped. The real question is why was there only one shot fired? You're unlikely to take down three perps with one shot Campbell! More training for you!

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