An off-duty Harris County sheriff's deputy said Friday that he was afraid for his life when he fatally shot a suspected shoplifter in a Walmart parking lot.You know what this is, really? This is summary execution for disobedience. Cops don't like it when you disobey like that. Of course in order to justify it they always claim fear for their life, but I don't buy it. He was unhurt. If his life had really been in jeopardy, he'd have suffered some injuries, no?
Deputy Louis Campbell was working an extra security job at the store in the 10400 block of the North Freeway about 9:45 p.m. Thursday when he fired the shot that killed 27-year-old Shelly Frey.
Prior to the shooting, a Walmart employee told Campbell that a group of women, including Frey, were stuffing store merchandise into their bags. They paid for a few small items but then tried to leave without paying for the rest, Harris County sheriff's deputies said.
Campbell confronted the women in the doorway and ordered them to stop. They tried to force their way past him. One of the women, later identified as Frey, hit the deputy and ran.
Campbell followed them into the parking lot, where the shoplifting suspects climbed into a waiting car. Campbell opened the car door and ordered Frey to get out. But she refused, officials said.
Andrews began 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 Thomas Gilliland, a Harris County sheriff's spokesman. Campbell later told investigators he feared for his safety and opened fire. The car sped away.
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