A security guard was shot dead after he asked a shopper to wear a mask, prosecutors said.
Calvin ‘Duper’ James Munerlyn, a father of eight, was gunned down at the Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan on Friday shortly after an argument with a customer, identified as 45-year-old Sharmel Teague, over the store’s facemask policy. Teague had reportedly wearing a mask, but her daughter was not.
Munerlyn confronted Teague over the issue and the two began arguing. During the altercation, Teague allegedly spit at Munerlyn, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. Munerlyn then ordered Teague to leave and told the cashier to refuse service to her.
The incident comes after Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered everyone in Michigan to wear face masks when entering enclosed spaces. Family Dollar has reportedly adopted the policy.
Teague was seen in surveillance footage leaving the store in a GMC Envoy before entering a nearby apartment complex. Prosecutors said she then called her husband, Larry Teague.
The surveillance footage then shows Larry Teague return to the store with his son, 23-year-old Ramonyea Bishop. The father and son entered the store and reportedly began arguing with Munerlyn. Witnesses said they heard the suspects asking Munerlyn who disrespected his wife, according to ABC 12.
Prosecutors said Bishop pulled out a handgun and shot Munerlyn in the head during the dispute. He was rushed to Hurley Medical Center, where he died on Friday.
Police arrested Sharmel Teague and she is now facing a charge of first-degree premeditated murder. Authorities are still searching for Larry Teague and his son, who are also facing murder charges and several weapons charges.
‘We’re confident that we’ll get them,’ Leyton said.
A vigil was held by Munerlyn’s family on Sunday and a GoFundMe campaign was started to help pay for funeral expenses.
‘Duper was a hard working father and husband who lost his life while doing his job securing the place of business and asking all customers to wear a mask for our own safety as well as other,’ Courtney Cabine, who organized the GoFundMe page, wrote.
‘He leaves behind 8 amazing kids, a super loving wife, & his wonderful mother.’
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