Pushback Against Masks Turns Deadly

'Mr. Munerlyn was simply doing his job'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2020 9:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – The fatal shooting of a security guard at a Family Dollar in Michigan over a face mask argument is the most violent dispute yet related to the backlash over coronavirus safety restrictions. But police are investigating a spate of other incidents around the country as well. Coverage:

  • In Flint: Police say Sharmel Teague, 45, entered a Dollar Store with her unidentified daughter, in her 20s. Teague was wearing a mask, but her daughter was not, and security guard Calvin Munerlyn ordered the daughter to leave, reports the Detroit News. After he and Teague argued, police say she left and returned 20 minutes later with her husband, Larry Teague, and son, Ramonyea Bishop, and they accused Munerlyn of "disrepecting" Sharmel Teague, police say. Witnesses say Bishop, 23, shot Munerlyn in the head, according to prosecutors. All three have been charged in the killing, and the men are still at large.
  • The victim: Munerlyn was a married father of nine, including three stepchildren, reports the Detroit Free Press. "From all indications, Mr. Munerlyn was simply doing his job in upholding the governor's executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic," says the Genesee County prosecutor. (Michigan has seen big protests over the rules.) A GoFundMe page for the man nicknamed "Duper" had raised more than $160,000 as of Tuesday morning.

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