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Texas Mother Shelley Frey Shot Dead by Walmart Security Guard after Alleged Shoplifting Incident

A suspected shoplifter was shot dead in front of two young children by an off-duty police officer moonlighting as a security guard at a Texas Walmart.

Shelley Frey, a 27-year-old mother, was allegedly shoplifting at the North Houston store with two other women on Thursday night when a loss prevention worker noticed and informed Louis Campbell, a veteran police officer working an extra job as a security guard.

Campbell confronted the women, who purchased some small items in an attempt to conceal their alleged theft, as they left the store. He asked them to stop but they refused. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, one of the women struck Campbell with her purse as the trio fled.

Campbell chased the women around the parking lot. They then got into a car with two young children. Campbell opened the car door in an attempt to stop the women, but the driver took off.

“I think it knocked him off balance and, in fear of his life and of being ran over, he discharged his weapon at that point,” Harris County Sheriff’s spokesman Thomas Gilliland said.

Frey was shot in the neck. The women drove to a nearby apartment complex and called emergency responders, but they could not revive Frey and she was pronounced dead.

Angel Gaines, Frey’s neighbor, told KHOU that Campbell should not have shot the woman.

“To me, it should never have happened,” Gaines said. “I wish the officer didn’t shoot her. I wish he shot her tires just to slow her down. That’s a mother, you know. And now they have to figure out what to do with the kids.”

Frey’s children have been placed in the custody of relatives.

Sadly, Frey wasn’t even supposed to be in the Walmart store. As part of a plea deal in a case in which she allegedly shoplifted from another Walmart, she agreed never to enter another one of the company’s stores.

The fatal shooting comes less than two weeks after an alleged shoplifter died after being assaulted by security guards at a Lithonia, Georgia Walmart store on Black Friday.

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17 Comments

  1. enneDecember 8, 2012 at 5:19 pmReply

    Thaaaat’s right. Shoot out her tires so she can veer into innocent bystanders and possibly kill them because the ‘ALLEGED’ (cough) criminal broke the law in the first place.

    She wasn’t supposed to be in any WalMart as a result of prior shoplifting and she went anyway, not to shop, but to steal again.

    Justice served. IMHO. I am tired of paying higher prices as a result of theft and am sick of these ALLEGED (cough) criminals getting away with a life of crime while I work my butt off to provide an honest living and good example for my family.

  2. wilzardDecember 9, 2012 at 3:55 pmReply

    This article does not mention if she was even the driver of the vehicle.

    Gotta love how police officers put themselves in dangerous situations where they can “fear for their lives and safety” and unleash unnecessary deadly force.

    Couldn’t the officer simply have taken the license plate number, and have walmart use that, along with security footage, to find and convict them of the theft?

    • padredamasoMarch 8, 2013 at 8:25 pmReply

      you shop lift too?

  3. KristinDecember 9, 2012 at 9:23 pmReply

    Oh please. This ANIMAL dragged the cop with her f%%&ing car! There was no CHANCE to “take down her license plate number” you fool. From the picture of her it’s obvious she is disturbed and not a normal person. She shouldn’t be allowed to care for CHILDREN let alone drive a stupid car!! What kind of selfish, doped up person goes to stealing while they have a child?? an irresponsible, hateful, violent person who tries to kill a police officer that’s who. You should be ashamed of yourselves for not feeling sorry for the police officer who’s life was in danger. NOT hers.

    • NessDecember 10, 2012 at 10:01 amReply

      F that cop! Shoplifting is not right but he didn’t have to kill her.

    • jamesMarch 24, 2013 at 10:04 pmReply

      KRISTIN, YOU SOUND VERY SMART AND WELL READ ON THIS SUBJECT SO CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG SHE WAS NOT THE DRIVER, THE COP WAS NOT DRAGED, THE COP SAID HE WAS ABOUT TO GET RUN OVER AS HE WAS BETWEEN THE DOOR AND THE SEAT AS THEY REVERSED, SO HOW DID SHOOTING THE PASSENGER STOP THE CAR FROM RUNNING HIM OVER- OH YEAH IT DID NOT BECAUSE HE DID NOT GET RUN OVER AND THEY ESCAPED. IF THE COPS STORY WAS TRUE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN RUN OVER, BUT HIS STORY IS A LIE AND YOU ARE A FOOL WHO I HOPE SOMEDAY YOUR CHILD MAKES A MISTAKE AND MEETS A SIMALER FATE THEN WE WILL SEE HOW YOU NOW SEE THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN, DO NOT GET ME WRONG IF IT HAD BEEN SHE HAD A GUN AND FIRED AT THE COP THEN HELL YEAH EMPTY THE CLIP ON THE CAR BUT THIS WAS NOT WRIGHT. THIS IS WHY NOBODY LIKES THE POLICY MAKERS IN TEXAS THEY MAKE THE LAW ALWAYS WORK IN THEIR FAVOR, IF THEY WRONGFULLY CONVICT AND KILL A MAN ON DEATHROW, IT IS STILL HIS FAULT AND NO ADMISSION OF A MISTAKE IS MADE, IF THEY POISIN A WHOLE TOWN(CORPUS CHRSITI HIGHEST BRAIN TUMOR POPULATION IN WORLD) IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT AND ALL LIES, IF THEY HYDRAULIC FRACTURE THE GROUND FOR GAS AND THE CHEMICALS THEY PUMP IN ARE SO TOXIC PEOPLES WATER IS NOW ABLE TO BE LIT ON FIRE RIGHT OUT OF THE TAP AND CATTLE THAT DRINKS THE WATER HAS NO HAIR, GOOGLE WATER ON FIRE AND SEE DOC FILM , NOT THEIR FAULT AS THEY ARE WITHIN THEIR POLICY RIGHTS, A POLICY THAT WAS AMMENDED BY GWB AND THREW OUT ALL OTHER ENVIRMONTAL POLICYS MAKING THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY EXEMPT FROM ALL EPA RULES SO THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT, I CALL BULL, TIME TO UNANNEX TEAXS AND PLACE SCANTIONS ON THEM FOR EVERYTHING FROM TRADE TO IMPORTS UNTILL THEY WEED OUT THE CORRUPTION.
      THE TEXAS GOVERMENT WILL ALWAYS BE KNOWN FOR DOING IT THEIR WAY NEVER MIND THE WORLDS VIEW OR THE CONSITUTION AND ADMENDMENTS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW, TEXAS WILL JUST MAKE THEIR OWN RULES TO OVER RIDE WHAT THE REST OF YOUR NATION HAS AGREED TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE AND NATURE OR WHAT THE REST OF THE STATES HAS OUTLAWED FOR USE AS IT HAS GREAT HUMAN RISK FACTORS IN ITS USE. THE USA NEVER SHOULD NEVER HAVE SIGNED THE TREATY TO ANNEX TEXAS THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD THEIR OWN RULES AND HAVE SLOWLY PLAGUED THE REST OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE WORLD WITH THEIR RULE BREAKING POLITICANS YES I AM TALKING ABOUT BUSH HE REWROTE LAWS THAT NIXON MADE TO PROTECT THE ENVIROMENT, NIXON THE MOST HATED PRESIDENT IN YOUR HISTORY CARED MORE ABOUT THE ENVIROMENT AND THE PEOPLE THAN BUSH,A TEXAN, CARED. THE WILD WEST DAYS ARE OVER TEXAS, TIME TO HANG UP THE GUNS AND GET A TASER LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. I HAVE VIEWED VIDEOS OF OLD MEN BEATING UP A ROBBER WHO HAD A GUN AND ALL THE OLD FART HAS IS A CANE, YET A TEXAN COP NEEDS TO SHOOT A LADY WHO STOLE A SHIRT, THERE IS NOT A WORD TO DESCRIBE THE TYPE OF PERSON THIS COP IS. THIS COP SHOULD BE TRIED WITH CAPITIAL MURDER, MISUSE OF HIS POWER, UNLAWFULL DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM, ATTEMPTED MURDER AS HE COULD HIT EITHER OF THE KIDS IN THE CAR, WRECKLESS USE OF A FIREARM, UNLAWFULL DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM ALL THE SAME BULL CRAP THEY WOULD HAVE CHARGED THE DEAD GIRL IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE TRIGGER PULLER AND THE COP THE VICTIM AND FACE THE DEATH PENALTY WHY IS IT IF A CITIZEN DID THIS THE CHARGES WOULD BE 5 PAGES LONG, BUT A OFF DUTY COP SHOOTS AND KILLS IT RESULTS IN A 3 DAY VACATION AND A GOOD STORY TO TELL AT POKER NIGHT.

  4. JannaDecember 10, 2012 at 11:19 amReply

    We don’t know the entire circumstances but it sounds to me the woman’s death could have been prevented. Some of you say because she has kids she should definately not have been shoplifting. How many of you parents wouldn’t steal for your children if necessary? I would steal in a heartbeat if it meant food for my children or a gift under the christmas tree. That may have been what she was doing, trying to feed her children or give them a good Christmas but now she doesn’t even get a chance to explain. And she most likely wasn’t the driver, it is kinda hard to drive when you’re bleeding out so what does shooting a passenger help or prevent….nothing. Now those kids won’t have their mother for Christmas ever again.

    • padredamasoMarch 8, 2013 at 8:26 pmReply

      get a job

  5. BillDecember 10, 2012 at 4:54 pmReply

    The report is not that clear to me about the whole thing. I agree that he did not need to shoot her no matter what she was doing. She had no gun and the officer could have taken a different measure to stop her!!!!!!!!!! He did not have to shoot her!!!!!!! He should have gotten the plate number and turned it over to local police and let them handle it. That is why we pay their sallary. Next time he might think twice before shooting while he is moonlighting. Why pay a person to kill some one when it was not needto do so!!!!!! Arrest him for murder. What has the law coming to!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. KabbieDecember 10, 2012 at 9:46 pmReply

    Only bad part here is the officer only shot one..If more of these shoplifting gangs got killed maybe they would find REAL jobs to provided a Gift fot their kids on christmas..I am tired of hearing excuses for lawbreakers..If you die while breaking the law, tuff !!!

    • Brett WilkinsDecember 10, 2012 at 10:39 pmReplyAuthor

      So, if you crash your car while driving 46 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone, you deserve to die?

  7. Twisted .308December 11, 2012 at 9:08 amReply

    Excessive huh ?? Try stealing in a Third World Country , They cut your hands or fingers off the FIRST TIME !!! IF they don’t execute you in the Town Square .. Evidently she has a rap sheet ..might have been able to stop her from stealing again if she had NO HANDS !!! ….. we would enforce the laws we have with a ZERO Tolerance attitude and these individuals with Crime records would not become LIFE Criminals sucking tax dollars from the Honest WORKING CITIZENS !!!

    • Brett WilkinsDecember 11, 2012 at 9:32 amReplyAuthor

      Name one “Third World country” where they cut off your hands or fingers the first time or execute you in the town square. Methinks you don’t get out much…

  8. CoreyDecember 11, 2012 at 9:46 amReply

    “She was a terrific mother”. Riiiight, because every mom of the year gets banned from a Walmart for theft, goes back and steals more stuff with her kids in the car and tries to run over a security guard in her getaway. Security guard feared for his life an was within his rights to stop the threat. What about him? He was forced to take a life or give up his own well being. Can’t say how I would handle having to shoot a mother in front of her kids to protect myself. But, oh yeah, poor her.

    • jamesMarch 24, 2013 at 9:19 pmReply

      IF THE COP WAS ABOUT TO GET RUN OVER HOW DID SHOOTING THE PASSENGER PREVENT HIM FROM BEING RUN OVER, CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG BUT DID THE DRIVER CONTINUE TO DRIVE AND ESCAPE. YOUR THEORY WOULD HAVE TO HAVE HAD THE END RESULT OF THE COP BEING RUN OVER AS HIS BULLET DID NOT STOP THE CAR. SO IF INDEED THE COP WAS ABOUT TO BE RUN OVER THE QUESTION I STILL ASK IS HOW COME HE WAS NOT RUN OVER, DID HE DO A MAGIC BACK FLIP AND GET OUT OF THE WAY, DID HE USE A UNKNOWN POWER TO NOT GET RUN OVER?? HIS EXCUSE ACTUALLY PROVES HE IS A LIAR AS HIS SHOOTING THE PASSENGER DID NOT STOP THE CAR SO IN HIS OWN WORDS HE WAS ABOUT TO BE RUN OVER AS HE WAS STUCK BETWEEN THE DOOR AND THE SEAT AS THE CAR REVERSED THEN HE SHOULD BE ROADKILL AS HE DID NOT PREVENT THE CAR FROM DRIVING.. I CANNOT BELIVE PEOPLE DO NOT SEE THIS OR POINT THIS OUT. I CALL BULL ON THIS STORY

  9. Twisted .308December 11, 2012 at 12:19 pmReply

    Brett ,evidently you never been to Saudi and watched as the Jewlery store owners leave their stores wide open and go outside to pray while shoppers are still inside the store with all that Gold just sitting there waiting to be picked up ……yea steal from them you will only do it once if caught

  10. CheMarch 9, 2013 at 5:23 amReply

    Perfect example of another trigger happy amerikan psycho!!!

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