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