In a Houston Walmart on Dec. 6 three women were observed by security to have stolen items and concealed the goods in their purses. An off-duty sheriff's deputy was in the employment of Walmart that night as a member of the loss prevention team. Upon accosting the women when they attempted to leave the building, a struggle ensued and a mother of two was shot dead.
Deputy Louis Campell, of the Harris County Sheriff's Department with 26 years seniority, was on duty for what seemed like a typical evening. Shelly Frey, Yolanda Craig, and Tiasa Andrews, the alleged criminals, were soon to change that. It has been reported by KHOU.com that the women paid for some small items at a self-checkout while concealing the stolen goods that were in their purses.
When confronted by Deputy Campell after they had left the building, the three females refused to stop, and one used their purse full of stolen merchandise as a weapon, wielding it like a mace, striking the deputy.
All three women made it to their get-away car, which also contained Frey's two small children, ages unknown.
Deputy Campell caught the women as they were attempting to drive away. He opened the driver side door, with Shelly Frey in the driver's seat. She attempted to drive away, and in the moment Deputy Campell drew his weapon and fired hitting Frey in the neck.
The vehicle drove off, but Frey's injuries were not superficial. She crashed the vehicle several blocks away from Walmart. When paramedics arrived Frey was unconscious and unable to be revived. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Frey's accomplices were taken into custody and are currently charged with felony robbery and assaulting an officer.
Do you think the police officer/security guard was acting in the right to shoot someone while they were trying to drive away with stolen merchandise, after a physical confrontation?