Three people have been charged in the shooting death of a Family Dollar security guard in Flint after the guard told one of the three she couldn’t enter the store without a state-mandated protective mask.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Calvin Munerlyn, 43, was shot in the head Friday afternoon while on duty at the store. He died later from his injuries at a hospital.
Ramonyea Bishop, 23, Larry Teague, 44, and Sharmel Teague, 45, have been charged with first degree murder and weapons charges, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said, according to NBC News. Only Sharmel Teague is currently in custody, Leyton said.
The incident began at about 1:40 p.m. on Friday when Sharmel Teague and her daughter, who has not been identified, entered the store, and Munerlyn “told Teague’s daughter that she needed to wear a face mask while inside the store,” Leyton said.
“Teague’s daughter left the store, but Teague began yelling at Munerlyn, who then told her to leave the store and instructed the cashier not to serve her,” Leyton said.
Leyton said Teague spit on Munerlyn and left but returned 20 minutes later with her husband, Larry Teague, and her son, Bishop. “One of them started yelling at Mr. Munerlyn about disrespecting his wife,” Leyton said. “The other black male walks up and shoots Mr. Munerlyn.”
3 charged in Flint Family Dollar store homicide over COVID-19 mask dispute.
Leyton said that witnesses identified Bishop as the shooter.
“From all indications, Mr. Munerlyn was simply doing his job in upholding the governor’s executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of store employees and customers,” Leyton said in a press release.
According to the press release, Bishop has been charged with first degree premeditated murder, felony firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon. Larry Teague is charged with first degree premeditated murder, two counts of felony firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and violation of the governor’s executive order. Sharmel Teague has been charged with first degree premeditated murder and felony firearm.
On April 24, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an order stating people must wear a protective mask while inside any public enclosed building because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“He would have given you the shirt off his back, the food off his table. He was the life of the party,” family friend Courtney Cabine said. “Remember him as an amazing, outgoing person.”
About 150 family and friends held a vigil Monday night. Munerlyn’s wife, Latryna Sims-Munerlyn, told MLive.com that one of their children worked at the store.
“My son called me and he said, ‘Mama, you got to get to the store,’ and my heart just dropped,” she said. “I said, ‘Why son?’ He said, ‘Mama, just go to the store.’”
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