Family Dollar Guard Killed After Barring Woman Without a Mask

3 charged in slaying at Michigan store
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2020 7:30 PM CDT
Updated May 5, 2020 6:53 AM CDT
Guard Bars Woman Without Mask From Store, and Is Shot
Family and friends lift their candles to the sky and release balloons to honor Calvin Munerlyn during a vigil Sunday in Flint, Mich.   (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

A woman, her adult son, and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she wasn't wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus. Calvin Munerlyn was shot Friday at the store near downtown Flint a short time after telling Sharmel Teague’s daughter she had to leave, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. Teague, 45, argued with Munerlyn, 43, before leaving, the AP reports. Two men later came to the store. Teague; her husband, Larry Teague, 44; and Ramonyea Bishop, 23; are charged with first-degree premeditated murder and gun crimes. Sharmel Teague has been arrested. Police were looking for her husband and son. No information has been released about the daughter, who has not been charged.

Larry Teague also is charged with violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order mandating that all customers and employees wear face coverings inside grocery stores, Leyton said. "It is important that the governor’s order be respected and adhered to, and for someone to lose their life over it is beyond comprehension," Leyton said earlier Monday in a statement. On Thursday, protesters, some carrying guns, rallied inside the state Capitol, calling for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. On Sunday night, about 150 people attended a candlelight vigil for Munerlyn. A makeshift memorial was started outside the Family Dollar on Monday. Munerlyn’s mother, Bernadett, asked everyone to "listen to the law, listen to the governor." (Whitmer says protesters brought "the worst racism" to Capitol.)

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