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A 27-year-old mother of two has been fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy after he suspected her of shoplifting at a Houston Walmart.
Harris County Sheriff’s deputies have said that victim Shelly Frey (SEEN BELOW IN PURPLE) , Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig were stealing when they were confronted by Louis Campbell a 26-year veteran of the force who works as a security guard at the store.
According to Campbell the women ran to their car and when he rushed to open the door, they ran away – at which point he fired the deadly shot into the car which hit Frey in the neck.
Security at the store saw the three women stuffing items inside their purses’ and notified Campbell, who was working an extra job that evening.
Investigators with Harris County said the three women even attempted to pay for some small items to act as a cover for the shoplifted ones.
After chasing Frey and the other two women (seen below Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig) to their car, Campbell opened the door and told Frey to get out. But she refused, officials said
Andrews allegedly began to drive away while the deputy 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.”
“I think it knocked him off balance and, in fear of his life and being ran over, he discharged his weapon at that point.”
“Why couldn’t you just shoot the tire, shoot the window?” said her mother Sharon Wilkerson. “Was it that serious?”
She added that even if her daughter had committed a crime, she did not deserve to die and she worries now for her two young grandchildren.
“How do I tell these children she’s not coming back,” said Sharon.
Tragically, Frey wasn’t even supposed to be at a Walmart!
Earlier in the year she pleaded guilty to stealing shirts and a package of meat from another Walmart and as part of her plea arrangement she agreed to never enter Walmart stores again.
Deputy Campbell is on three days paid leave as is standard protocol. He’s been with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years.