The mother of a 27-year-old alleged shoplifter, who was shot and killed by a Houston off-duty sheriff’s deputy working part-time as a Wal-Mart security guard, said her daughter did not deserved to die the way she did.
“Why couldn’t you just shoot the tire, shoot the window?” Sharon Wilkerson asked the deputy who shot and killed her daughter.
Wilkerson’s daughter, Shelly Frey, was one of several women who were caught shoplifting at a Wal-Mart store in Houston.
Authorities said Frey, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig, were caught on surveillance camera stealing merchandise from the store. They said when Sheriff’s Deputy Louis Campbell, who was working part-time at the store, approached the women they ran to a waiting car in the parking lot.
As the 26-year veteran grabbed an open door, the driver accelerated and the officer fell to the ground. Thinking that the driver was about to run him over, Campbell fired at the vehicle hitting Frey in the neck.
Authorities said the driver continued speeding away with a wounded Frey, the other shoplifters and two young children inside the car.
Police later caught up with the women, and Frey, a mother of two young children, was pronounced dead at the scene.
It wasn’t immediately known who was the mother of the two children, but reports say they were not Frey’s.
The deceased father, Shelton Frey, said his daughter, who had previously pleaded guilty to stealing shirts and a package of meat from a different Wal-Mart, was “the perfect mom, perfect friend, perfect.”
Andrews and Craig have both been charged with shoplifting.