Shelly Frey, 27, was shot and killed by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy at a Houston, TX., Walmart. The deputy was suspicious of Frey, saying he thought she was stealing from the store, reports UK Daily Mail.

Harris County Sheriff’s deputies said that Shelly Frey, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig were shoplifting when they were stopped by Louis Campbell, a 26-year veteran of the force, who is employed as a security guard at Walmart.

Campbell said that the women dashed to their car, and when he went to open their car door, they drove away. Campbell then thought it was his duty to stop the perpetrators so he fired the deadly shot into the car which hit Frey in the neck.

Security at the store noticed the three women putting items into their purses and notified Campbell, who was working an extra job that night.

The three shoplifters tried to pay for some small items to serve as a cover for the ones they planned to steal.

Campbell opened Frey’s car door and told her to get out, after he chased her and the other two women to the car, but she refused, said officials.

Andrews started to drive away while the deputy was standing between the open door and the driver’s seat.

“She threw it in reverse and tried to run over the deputy,” said Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Deputy Thomas Gilliland.

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.” He added, “I think it knocked him off balance and, in fear of his life and being ran over, he discharged his weapon at that point.”

Officials said that there were two small children in the vehicle at the time of the incident, although they were not Frey’s, who is a mother of two.

“He was clearly marked in uniform as a Harris County deputy. And identified himself as the suspects were leaving the establishment,” said Gilliland regarding Campbell.

Even with Frey wounded, the women still fled, but they stopped at The Worthington at the Beltway apartments in the 1300 block of Greens Parkway. Frey was pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics arrived.

“Shelly was the perfect mom, perfect friend, perfect daughter,” said her father, Shelton Frey.

“Why couldn’t you just shoot the tire, shoot the window?” said her mother Sharon Wilkerson. “Was it that serious?”

Sharon said that even if Frey did shoplift, she didn’t deserve to die. She is now concerned for Frey’s children.

Andrews and Craig have both been charged with shoplifting. A small price to pay when their friend was shot to death.

As for deputy Campbell, he is on three days paid leave for standard protocol. The Harris County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit, Office of the Inspector General and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office will investigate this horrific incident. The case will go in front of a grand jury.

Walmart said in a statement:

“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.”

97 comments
Kip Archibaud
Kip Archibaud

Walmart security be it theirs or off duty officers get away with alot. I was returning an item for a refund and they accused me of stealing it then taking it to customer service for the refunded. Police was called, due to the cameras I was cleared. I'm white and I know without a doubt hispanic and blacks are profiled. Oh, I was in the National Guard if we ever shot and killed a civilian we were told to say that we were stopping them. Just guessing but I'm sure officers are told the same thing to cover they're ass....

Baba Looey
Baba Looey

A few months ago some border patrol animal murdered a mother of 5. The pretext then was also that she tried to run the animal over. Unfortunately it was covered so as not to jeopardize Obam's chances for re election. He have to subject these government criminals to swift, stern community justice.

Baba Looey
Baba Looey

This is murder pure and simple. This woman's community should round this animal up and hang him high.

Lauren Holmes
Lauren Holmes

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.” He added, “I think it knocked him off balance and, in fear of his life and being ran over, he discharged his weapon at that point.” This doesn't make any sense. One of the women striking the deputy with her purse at the exit of the store knocked him off balance? Ok, but that's not when he discharged his weapon, it wasn't "at that point" he did not discharge it until they went from the exit to the parking lot.

Delores Johnson
Delores Johnson

Her dad says she was a 'PERFECT MOM; PERFECT DAUGHTER' since when does a perfect mom/perfect daughter SHOPLIFT and THEN when gets caught she tries to RUN OVER the Security Officer with her car. That's NOT what a "perfect mom/perfect daughter" does.

Jon Carlson
Jon Carlson

xxx she will not STEAL anymore............dum the dumdum dummmmm CASE CLOSED.....HE WAS A VERY GOOD SHOT............

Jesse Petton
Jesse Petton

Sorry for the death... but she was a criminal. If she steals what else does she do? This chain of events would not have happened if she was not stealing.

Chilly Tundra
Chilly Tundra

This guy deserves the DEATH PENALTY as much as anyone else ever has.

Darling Damianton
Darling Damianton

Shooting a fleeing unarmed woman is the definition of a coward. Obviously the officer wasnt' at risk of being run over at the time he was shooting, as the car was driving away at that point.. This is a murder, not manslaughter...Manslaughter is 'accidental death'. This woman was killed intentionally. Walmart Police State.

Cliff Roach
Cliff Roach

A very sad article demonstrating once again why some people should never be allowed to own a gun or have one on the job. The officer a 26 year veteran puts himself into this situation and then discharges his weapon into a car full of women and children, is he also a veteran of the US military used to shooting at women and children in Iraq? All you do gooders who think this is okay need a real wake up call!

Robert Gift
Robert Gift

Sorry that the criminal mother was killed. Driver disobeys a lawful order of a police officer, endangers his life and anyone behind her. He shoots at her and misses and hits the other criminal. The criminals still do not STOP and surrender and allow paramedics to get to the wounded criminal. Misleading headline.

Paul Richards
Paul Richards

What the hell is a walmart security gaurd armed with a.45 for any ways?

Paul Richards
Paul Richards

some people cops or or not are just stupid.This guy really deserves a hero cookie.Walmart will be in buisness at least another day because of the loot he saved them.I'd like to kick him in the nuts.

Raymond Lowery
Raymond Lowery

cops in houston have a nasty reputation for getting away with shooting people.

Butch Porter
Butch Porter

Idiot gun nuts. Killing someone for shoplifting from Walmart? They rip everyone off and no one shots them. Police state here we come! Since when does our American people close their eyes to this kind of murder! Life threatened by a car that you can just step away from and get the plate number and call your buddies to pick them up. The police are that scared that a car full of women and children!

John Conway
John Conway

Seeing how that the woman in question was of African American persuasion, it would be safe to assume that the off-duty deputy, doing his job, will probably pay the price. And chances are, those two that managed to live will probably never do that again, atleast not at that Walmart.

Walls Jer
Walls Jer

Hey dad! your daughter was not the perfect, she was shop lifting, and when a uniformed sheriff's deputy tried to stop her, she ran, then tried to back away knowing the deputy was beside her, and could have hurt the deputy. She got what was coming to her. WHY DID SHE NOT JUST STOP? the headline, is not the correct headline. it should say " shoplifter shot and killed after she tried to back over a sheriff's deputy". He did not shot her in the store after she shop lifted. get the head lines right. also dad, cops do not shot out tires, the tire was not trying to kill the deputy or back away from the deputy. your perfect thief of a daughter was.

Paul MacAndrew
Paul MacAndrew

What a waste of life,death penalty for suspected Shoplifting.Its difficult to understand how the Security guard who after 26 yrs service as a policeman failed to use the firearm in the manner that he was trained to do, he failed to effect a simple arrest.WALLMART should compensate the family.

Zen Long
Zen Long

Sure she's committed a crime, but she may be shoplifting in order to feed her children.. we don't know.. times are tough, many have fallen on hard times, and are struggling to feed their families - even if that's not the case, she shouldn't be dealt with "shoot to kill" deadly force.

Zen Long
Zen Long

Sure she's committed a crime, but she may be shoplifting in order to feed her children.. we don't know.. times are tough, many have fallen on hard times, and are struggling to feed their families - even if that's not the case, she shouldn't be dealt with "shoot to kill" deadly force.

Yavuz Yildiz
Yavuz Yildiz

Reading this article hurts... I live in Germany and this remembers me a bad hollywood movie. It makes no difference if she was a good or bad person or she stole anything... WHY TO HELL has a person to take his gun? I don't understand this! This is too wild, too barbaric, too stupid to me. There is nothing worth a life what you can steal from Walmart (or any other shop).... sorry.

George Chase
George Chase

It's easier if you shoot one of the usupected perps, then the other pay attention and fess up. Too bad all of the supporters of the officer could not have gathere downwind ot the funfire. Discharging weapon in this manner is reckless....too bad he didn't shoot the person he was "aiming?" at. This old pro did not even know how to approach a car. At least he saved the county the expense of a trial.

Ron Martin
Ron Martin

This is what happens when guns are abundant.

Emre Iren
Emre Iren

In fear of his life, LOL. A trained police officer feared for his life because a chick struck him with a purse? LOL wow it don't get any better than that. Freaking coward if you are fearing for your life everytime someone gives you a dirty glance, or points at you, or drives past you at a high speed you have no business being a cop let alone carrying a gun. Wonder if he would have shot at a moving vehicle with kids in it if those people had been white?

Emre Iren
Emre Iren

F#$#$ PIG, charge the POS with murder. Yea I am sure as they are driving AWAY from him his life was in danger freaking morons. You know what, go ahead and keep giving the police more power eventually it will be you they shoot because you were going 4 miles over speed limit.

Alexander Gåsström
Alexander Gåsström

Even in Soviet Union Soviet Police could only return fire if fired upon. On fleeing subjects police needed to fire in the air first. I live in Europe, and work as a law enforcement officer and over here we ARREST shoplifters, not SHOT THEM TO DEATH. But in States everything seems to be possible, and the crowds are just cheering "bravery of the men in the uniform". The right question would be - are they here to "serve and protect" or are they here to "manslaughter".

John Harapa
John Harapa

dickhead mall cops. If he was so concerned for his life why did he shoot the passenger, not the driver? Wannabe real cop assholes shooting at a car full of unarmed women and kids. He didn't have to get in the cars path and he could've taken down the number plates and phoned it in to REAL cops. What an asswipe.

Brenda Spradley
Brenda Spradley

she has paid with her life and only GOD can judge us alll. so before you make your nasty comments let it be known that GOD knows all things seen and unseen.

Brenda Spradley
Brenda Spradley

no matter how you look at this IT'S WRONG. HE WAS WRONG AND I AM NOT SAYING THAT SHE WAS RIGHT FOR STEALING BUT HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND WHY SHE IS NOT HERE ANYMORE. Life is more and at the end of the day he will have to answer for his part.

Randal Pinto Bianco
Randal Pinto Bianco

:S I know it sounds cruel but what would have happened if instead of hitting the woman the bullet killed a little kid? Would you still be trying to justify what has no justification at all?

Jennifer Fogarty
Jennifer Fogarty

This smells. It sounds like this guy got his adrenaline up because the one lady "hit him with her bag and knocked him off balance" He was so afraid of getting run over, he shot the PASSENGER? I think with his adrenaline going he got in the way of the car backing out to speed off, not to run him over.

Alpeaak Albuyuut
Alpeaak Albuyuut

The security officer who shot Frey must be a an uneducated guy. Whoever taught him to take such an action in the face of a woman shoplifting problem. He deserved to be shot himself so he wud learn to respect the Life Of others.

Ivan Davidiuk
Ivan Davidiuk

Why is it that criminals when killed are always described as a perfect child, good kid, great parent, cared for others, love able........ If they break the law, have no respect for authority, then I'm sorry they are a worthless piece of crap. Strop blaming the LEO for this so called horrific death. Blame the shoplifters. If they weren't shoplifting then the so called perfect daughter would still be alive and to the idiot that said " why couldn't they shoot a window or the tire??" Are you serious?? What's shooting a window going to do other then cause a bullet to hit an innocent bystander ??

Richie Tipsy Kariuki
Richie Tipsy Kariuki

Wait wait wait. He was afraid he was going to be run over so he shot a passenger? I'm not saying he had the clearest of heads at the time, but the passenger? With kids in the car? I wonder what sort of footage they have of this incident, because if the driver of the vehicle was, in fact, not trying to run over the security guard but was in fact simply fleeing the scene, then there is 'bout to be a sh! t storm....and rightly so.

Ben Press
Ben Press

I was confused; saw the headline but thought the accompanying picture was for a circus.

Aaron Paisley
Aaron Paisley

Do you really believe the deputy managed to save his own life only by shooting one of the passengers? Do you really believe a couple of shoplifters were so desperate to escape prosecution they were willing to escalate the situation to murder? I guess if the deputy and his friends/work colleagues say it happened that way, well then it must of happened that way.

Julious Bass
Julious Bass

if she was white all theses comments would be different.

Sudeep Bhutada
Sudeep Bhutada

Someone is dead here...... its the kids who will have to pay for the small mistake their mom made.... respect that.... its upto the jury now to determine if the police officer's action was justifiable.

Noel Martin
Noel Martin

As an Irish citizen living in a contry where the police apart from special units are unarmed and where security in stores are unarmed, I am finding it difficult to comprehend the savagery and venality of the execution of a "suspected" thief by a gung-ho off duty policeman. But I am even more apalled by the racist and barbaric comments about the killing, particularly in view of the fact that in civilised, democratic countries unlike the USA, a person is considered innocent of a crime until and unless 'proven guilty' in a court of law. One of your respondents, a Dawn Doughy Davidson who from her facebook introduction one might get a sense that she is an intelligent caring individual, deliberately ignores these basis facts of civilised law and proceeds to tear into Shelly Frey like a savage animal. If Ms Davidson is an example of typical American 'lady' - god help us all.

Ian Deaville
Ian Deaville

If only she hadn't been shot, she may have come up with a cure for cancer.

Ian Deaville
Ian Deaville

So, in the interest of decent reporting, it seems she was shot for trying to run over and possibly kill the deputy. The deputy seems guilty for not seeing that she had kids in the car and letting her rob his family of their husband/father and breadwinner. The lesson here is the wages of sin is death.

Rudy Kalkbasepijpje
Rudy Kalkbasepijpje

What would you do, if someone steals your backyard leprechaun, smiles and waives at you goodbye, got into a car and drove away. what would you do? while you are watching your favorite tv show.

Hania M. Yassin
Hania M. Yassin

Guns should be banned PERIOD, I mean if he didn't have a gun on him then he would of handled the situation differently! she didn't deserve to die! no one does.

Jon Merton
Jon Merton

you racist dogs , thank god I'm not American you gun crazy racist crackers deserve everything you get ( ie a crazy screwed up society carry on killing each other , it only means less vermin in the world ) If she was white like me she, d still be alive!

Mike Pete
Mike Pete

It is amazing how only "the good die young." Always seems like the peaches in society get shot for no reason.