Shelly Frey was shot after allegedly stealing from WalmartShelly Frey, a 27-year-old mother of two, was shot and killed by an off duty police officer who was working as a security guard at a Walmart in Houston, Texas. Frey was suspected of shoplifting, an accusation that led to her untimely death.

According to police, Frey and two other women, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig, were attempting to steal merchandise from a local Walmart when Officer Louis Campbell confronted them.

After attempting to stop the women at the door, Campbell told officials that he followed the women to their car and tried to open the door to stop them from leaving the scene. As the driver pulled off, Campbell, a 26-year veteran of the force, fired into the car striking Frey in the neck.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Deputy Thomas Gilliland tried to explain the officer’s actions: “When the vehicle took off, he was standing between the door frame and the driver. I think it knocked him off balance and in fear for his life, being run over, he discharged his weapon at that point.”

Others are questioning the officer’s decision to fire into the car, which also had two small children in the backseat.

“You know, there could have been another way around it, of getting her to stop, anything but pulling the trigger,” Calvin Mitchell, a neighbor of one of the women involved, said.

Another neighbor, Angel Gaines added: “To me, it should never (have) happened. 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 father described her as the “perfect mom, perfect friend, perfect daughter,’ and insisted that even if she had been stealing, she didn’t deserve to die.

After Frey was shot in the neck, the women drove to an apartment complex where one of them lived; Frey was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived on the scene.

Tiasa Andrews and Yolanda Craig were charged with robbery, and Andrews was also charged with assaulting a public servant for hitting the officer with her purse as they left the store. Officer Campbell is on paid leave while the incident is being investigated.

Walmart issued a statement, saying: “This is a tragic situation and we recognize this is a difficult time for all parties involved. We’re committed to working with law enforcement and providing any information we have as they determine the facts of the case. Because this is an active investigation, any specific details of the incident should come from law enforcement.

We hire off duty officers to provide security to some of our stores. While we have policies in place for our associates to disengage from situations that might put them or others in harm’s way, off-duty officers working at a WM store are authorized to act in accordance with their department’s code of conduct.”

  • http://twitter.com/JumpJunkieJoe Geechee Goddess (@JumpJunkieJoe)

    Honestly, it’s a little hard for me to have sympothy for this woman. She’s described as a “perfect mother” but why is she stealing with her friends? What good mother goes out and steals? If you have to resort to stealing to provide for your kids, then clearly you’ve made a lot of bad choices in life. Besides that, this officer is going to be in a hell of a lot of trouble. Why did he give chase? Why did he open their car door? All of that is doing too damn much. He could have simply followed them outside and wrote down their license plate number and get a description of the vehicle. He could have called for back up. But to chase, try to pull these women out of their car, and then shoot someone, all of that is doing too damn much.

    • Jenny

      Steals with her kids in the backseat no less?
      Girlfriend sure didn’t see this coming, but she put her children and herself in harm’s way when she decided to steal.
      Suppose she had just been apprehended. Seeing mommy handcuffs would have traumatized her babies.
      Evidently she didn’t care.
      The penalty for shoplifting shouldn’t be death, but the deceased bears some of the responsibility here.

  • Deidra

    There had to have been another way to diffuse the situation…or perhaps, he should have just let them go. Regardless her petty crime, two children are motherless, and according to a neighbor, it is not sure where they will end up (hopefully, the grandmother can keep them). Were the two small children in the backseat hers? It bothers me to think that her kids saw their mother shot.

  • http://gravatar.com/gennatay gennatay

    I am on the fence on this one. She did not deserve to die of some petty stuff like this. BUT, I can understand that the security guard may have felt his life was in danger.

    My husband use to work in retail and when he confronted a shoplifter, the person grabbed something off the shelf and hit him in the face with it. There was surveillance that shows he never touched the guy and was simply talking to him. I do think that if he had a gun at that moment he would have shot him.

    I don’t know all the facts of this case or what made him think his life was in danger, what I am saying is that I understand if he thought it was.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dotti.sheridan Dotti Sheridan

    Do You Notice , I know I do … In So. Florida … the Police Don’t come to your house and take fingerprints / Inventory when you are Robbed … But God Forbid you take a Loaf of Bread from Walmart who Relies on Public Welfare to Give Healthcare and Food to their Underpaid Employees … But they can Afford to have 5 Uniformed Officers at the Registers during the Holidays ! I Don’t Shop Walmart …. RIP … I am so sorry this happened to You and Your Family … I PRAY FOR YOU AN YOUR FAMILY !

  • tina

    She was driving away. How about getting her plate number and a warrant for her arrest. This A hole was not in fear for his life. How was a bullet to her head going to stop the car from rolling over him. He was judge, jury, and executioner and he’ll probably get away with it. Damn shame.

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