Shelly Frey Killed by Walmart Security Guard as She Tried to Flee Scene After Allegedly Shoplifting

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Shelly Frey Killed by Walmart Security Guard as She Tried to Flee Scene After Allegedly Shoplifting (Photo credit: KHOU)

Louis Campbell fatally shot Shelly Frey as she and two friends, Tisa Andrews and Yolanda Craig, were shoplifting at a Houston Walmart. When he tried to stop them from leaving  by opening the car door in which they were fleeing the scene. Campbell, who is a Harris County deputy, but worked part-time at Walmart, was knocked off balance and his service revolver discharged, shooting Shelly Frey in the neck. Inside the car were two small children, who were not Frey’s kids, reports.

Despite the shooting, the women fled but eventually they stopped at The Worthington at the Beltway apartments in the 1300 block of Greens Parkway. Paramedics from the Houston Fire Department arrived to try and save Frey, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Shelly was the perfect mom, perfect friend, perfect daughter,’ said her father, Shelton Frey.

He said that his daughter had moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina to start a new life, but the amount of work she could do was limited by her two-year-old who has sickle cell anemia. Source

So, how does one explain a “good mother” shoplifting? Interesting. Earlier in the year Shelly Frey pleaded guilty to stealing shirts and a package of meat from another Walmart and as part of her plea arrangement she agreed to never enter Walmart stores again. Still, the deputy could have fired a shot to disable the vehicle and arrest them all.

  • Al

    That is sad but maybe she could have lived had they gone to a hospital.

    • La

      And not resisted arrest and assaulted an officer.

      • D

        There was no assault if you can read, he was standing between the drivers door and the driver when she pulled away from him not at him. Away from him not at him

      • Chuckl8

        she did not assault an officer. He was an off-duty deputy working as a security guard. Unless he clearly identified himself as a police officer, he has the same rights as any other civilian. The important detail here is why he had his weapon drawn when confronting a shop-lifter.

    • Al — She could quite possibly have survived her injuries if she had received medical attention quickly. Sad turn of events nonetheless.

  • Dan

    One less POS

  • Justice_Served

    Nice job posing as some kind of newspaper. Tried and failed. “Still, the deputy could have fired a shot to disable the car” is the stupidest thing I’ve read all day. The discharge was accidental, shooting the tires would have been intentional.
    No sympathy from me. One less dirtbag in the world.

    • Thats your response? Because someone shoplifts you feel they deserve to die? What if she was stealing food to feed her kids?? I am horrified by your response. To think human life is worth so little and compassion for other human beings in nearly non existent. Ill pray for you as well. God Bless.


  • ClassicFilm

    Very sad that this young woman was accidentally killed while she was trying to escape after committing yet another crime, but I see nothing to fault the security guard/off-duty deputy for in the accidental gun discharge. I’m bothered that while Shelly and her klepto friends were merrily ripping off Walmart that there were two small children in their getaway car. Nothing in the article indicates that they were being supervised, so I must assume they were not attended by a responsible adult, thus being potential kidnapping victims (shudder) while these women indulged in their shoplifting shenanigans. Suggesting that the “deputy could have fired a shot to disable the car” is cavalier, reeks of watching too many TV dramas. Hitting a tire square-on is tougher than it looks on cop shows, and there is no mention as to how many shoppers were in the vicinity who could have become victims by an errant bullet. Armchair reffing after something like this, the “should haves” and “could haves” are conveniently easy when you yourself are not faced with the situation and making split-second decisions. No, this young woman didn’t deserve to die, but few people are deserving of an early death, and Shelly willingly put herself on the wrong side of the law, for which there are many unforeseeable consequences.