Meet Shelly Frey, 27, of Houston, Texas.
All thanks to a few bad decisions and a trigger happy Walmart security guard.
But before I get to her final soliloquy, let me start from the beginning.
Shelly Frey is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She arrived in Houston after Hurricane Katrina to start a new life. But the hardships of being a single mother and having a 2 year-old with sickle cell anemia, made finding a job quite difficult.
And with the difficulties, came the crimes.
Enter Frey’s friends, Tiasa Andrews, Yolanda Craig.
Andrews and Craig are the area ‘boosters‘.
booster: A person who steals items from retail stores only to then sell on the streets, usually for a discounted price.
Having Andrews and Craig as friends couldn’t have been a good choice, but a choice Frey made.
A few months before, Frey was caught stealing shirts and a package of meat from another Walmart and as part of a plea arrangement, she agreed to never enter Walmart stores again.
But ignoring her agreement, Frey entered Walmart one last time on December 6th, with Andrews, Craig, and two children in tow.
They entered the store with a mission.
Get the merchandise, stuff the items into their purses, purchase a few cheap items as a cover, and then get out.
But this time…It didn’t go that easily.
Loss prevention observed a group of women stuffing items inside their purses at the Walmart in the 14000 block of the North Freeway at West Road around 10:15 p.m., according to Harris County authorities. They notified Louis Campbell, an off-duty deputy with 26 years of experience, who was working an extra job as security.
Campbell confronted the women as they left the store and asked them to stop, but the women would not cooperate, Harris County deputies said. One woman allegedly struck the deputy with her purse and they all fled.
Campbell chased Frey around the parking lot.
She was finally able to get in the car with Andrews, Craig, and the two children. Campbell opened the door and commanded them to stop, but the car was placed in drive and moved forward.
And that is when life changed for everyone involved.
Campbell fired his weapon.
The bullet struck Frey in neck.
The women fled the parking lot, but eventually stopped at The Worthington at the Beltway apartments in the 1300 block of Greens Parkway. Paramedics with the Houston Fire Department where called to the scene. Paramedics tried to revive her, but could not, and she was pronounced dead.
The deceased’s mother Sharon Wilkerson was devastated that the deputy fired into a car with two small children inside and killed her daughter
‘Why couldn’t you just shoot the tire, shoot the window?’ said her mother Sharon Wilkerson. ‘Was it that serious?’
She added that even if her daughter had committed a crime, she did not deserve to die and she worries now for her two young grandchildren.
‘How do I tell these children she’s not coming back,’ said Sharon.
‘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,’ said Angel Gaines, a neighbor.
Kesha Sapp, a woman who knew Frey, agreed.
‘What that look like with him shooting with the darn kids in the car? There were kids in the car with them. Why is he shooting at the car? Come on now, that makes him look bad. That don’t even look right,’ said Sapp.
Both Andrews and Craig, the two other women allegedly involved, have been charged with shoplifting.
Here’s my commentary…
Some people boost for need…
Some people boost for profit…
No matter what a person boost for, it’s still a crime…
But also, I don’t think that Campbell had the right to fire a weapon at an unarmed individual…
He was a police officer and well aware of the law when it comes to shooting a suspect…
Frey and her friends weren’t right…
But niether was Campbell…
What do you think?