Salon Manager Is Killed Trying to Protect Employee
South Dakota woman, 24, tried to fend off gunman
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2012 6:30 PM CDT
This 2007 photo shows Tyrone Leeon Smith.   (AP Photo/Argus Leader)

(Newser) – Sioux Falls police say a 24-year-old salon manager was killed trying to protect an employee and her two children from an armed boyfriend who was upset about a domestic violence arrest and protection order. Amanda Connors was leaving the salon yesterday afternoon when she saw 38-year-old Tyrone Leeon Smith in the parking lot, say police.

First, she phoned the store from her car to warn her employees, including Smith's girlfriend. Then Connors pulled her car up to the door as Smith stormed over. The two exchanged words, and Smith shot Connors in the head, say police. Smith briefly tied up the employees before allowing them all to leave. When officers stormed the salon, they found Smith dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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augie2
Sep 13, 2012 4:40 PM CDT
Tyrone just didn't want to loose his woman so he did the cowardly thing. What an asshole.
youngblood
Sep 13, 2012 10:40 AM CDT
Crazy world we live in. Shooting seem to be happening every day now. Smith is nuts and couldn't deal with his broken relationship/ heart. Time heals all wounds. How love can turn to hate, crazy shit!
john09
Sep 13, 2012 10:17 AM CDT
Wow they're even doing this kind of stuff up in South Dakota.