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Family Dollar Guard Fatally Shot After Telling Customer That Masks Were Required

A security guard in Michigan was fatally shot in a dispute over wearing a mask.

Flint, MI – A Family Dollar security guard was fatally shot May 1 after he told a customer her child had to wear a face mask to enter the store.

CNN reported that security guard Calvin Munerlyn, 43, died after he was shot in the head.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has put out an executive order that residents must wear a face mask when going into an enclosed public place.

However, some stores still allow customers without masks.

Sharmel Teague, 45, entered the store with her child and was told her child had to wear a face mask, according to the Washington Post.

Teague yelled at Munerlyn and spit in his face and left the store.

Her husband, Larry Teague, and son Ramonyea Bishop returned to the store and confronted the security guard, according to the Washington Post. Bishop pulled out a gun and shot Munerlyn.

The Washington Post reported that Sharmel Teague and two others were arrested.

Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said that surveillance video confirms the incident, according to CNN.

“We simply can’t devolve into an ‘us versus them’ mentality,” Leyton said, according to the Washington Post. “We need to make a commitment as a community to do the things necessary to allow us to stay healthy and turn a page on this crisis together. Not for ourselves but for Calvin Munerlyn, who lost his life needlessly and senselessly.”

Munerlyn’s cousin spoke out after the incident.

“This is senseless. Over a mask. Over a mask?” Munerlyn’s cousin, Tina James, told WJRT. “This is not the way to do things right now. We need to come together.”

Tom Gantert - May Mon, 2020


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