Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 8, 2012, 10:19 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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Walmart security guard shoots 'shoplifting' mother dead in parking lot as she tries to escape with two young children Shelly Frey was shot dead attempting to drive away from off-duty sheriff deputy Louis Campbell, who was working security for wal-mart, and suspected Frey of shoplifting He fired when Frey and her two alleged accomplices accelerated when he opened the car door There were two small children in the car at the time of the shooting
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, 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 accelerated away - at which point he fired the deadly shot into the car which hit Frey in the neck.
After chasing Frey and the other two women to their car, Campbell opened the door and commanded them to stop, but the car was placed in drive and moved forward.
Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Deputy Thomas Gilliland said, '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.'
Inside the car as it was speeding away were two small children - investigators have said that they were not Frey's children.
Gilliland said it was clear that the deputy was law enforcement. 'He was clearly marked in uniform as a Harris County deputy. And identified himself as the suspects were leaving the establishment,' said Gilliland to KHOU.Com
Despite the shooting, the women fled but eventually they stopped at The Worthington at the Beltway apartments in the 1300 block of Greens Parkway. Paramedics from the Houston Fire Department arrived to try and save Frey, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
'Shelly was the perfect mom, perfect friend, perfect daughter,' said her father, Shelton Frey.
He said that his daughter had moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina to start a new life, but the amount of work she could do was limited by her two-year-old who has sickle cell anemia.