Woman, Her Adult Son, and Husband Charged in Murder of Michigan Security Guard After He Tried to Enforce Face Mask Policy

This undated booking photo provided by the Genesee County prosecutor’s office shows Sharmel Teague. State police are investigating whether a security guard, Calvin Munerlyn, 43, at a Flint, Mich., Family Dollar store was fatally shot because he refused to allow a customer to enter without wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus. Teague, who is in custody, her husband Larry Teague, and her adult son Ramonyea Bishop, both fugitives, have been charged in the fatal shooting of Munerlyn. (Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office 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 just north of downtown Flint a short time after telling Sharmel Teague’s daughter she had to leave because she lacked a mask, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

Teague, 45, argued with Munerlyn, 43, before leaving. 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 charges.

Larry Teague also is charged with violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order mandating that all customers and employees must wear face coverings inside grocery stores, Leyton said.

Witnesses identified Bishop as the man who shot Munerlyn in the back of the head, Leyton said.

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 in the shooting.

In this Friday, May 1, 2020 photo, employees stand outside the Family Dollar as police investigate a shooting that took place at the store in Flint, Mich. (Sarahbeth Maney/The Flint Journal via AP)
Maalik Mitchell, center left, sheds tears as he says goodbye to his father, Calvin Munerlyn, during a vigil Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Flint, Mich. Munerlyn was shot and killed Friday at a Family Dollar store in Flint. He’d worked at the store as a security guard for a little more than one year. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
Family and friends lift their candles to the sky and release balloons to honor Calvin Munerlyn during a vigil Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Flint, Mich. Munerlyn was shot and killed Friday at a Family Dollar store in Flint. He’d worked at the store as a security guard for a little more than one year. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

“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, gun-carrying protesters and other demonstrators rallied inside the state Capitol, calling for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. Some protesters with guns — which are allowed in the statehouse — went to the Senate gallery. Some senators wore bulletproof vests.

As of Monday, Michigan has reported 43,754 confirmed COVID-19 virus cases and 4,049 deaths due to complications from the disease.

“The hostile tone that we have seen in recent days on television and in social media can permeate our society in ways we sometimes don’t fully realize or anticipate,” Leyton told reporters Monday. “Decisions like staying home when we can, wearing a mask when going to the store and staying a safe distance from those around us — these should not be political arguments. They don’t necessitate acts of defiance, and we simply cannot devolve into an us versus them mentality.”

About 150 people attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night. On Monday, a makeshift memorial was started outside the Family Dollar.

Pete Tedford, cousin, of Calvin Munerlyn, and Dorothy Nelson, sister of Munerlyn, hold each other closely outside a Family Dollar store Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Flint, Mich. Munerlyn was shot and killed Friday at the store He’d worked at the store as a security guard for a little more than one year. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
Candles are left lit next to a wall of a Family Dollar store to honor Calvin Munerlyn on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Flint, Mich. Munerlyn was shot and killed Friday at a Family Dollar store in Flint. He’d worked at the store as a security guard for a little more than one year. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton details the shooting resulting in the death of Calvin Munerlyn during a press conference on Monday, May 4, 2020 at the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office in Flint. (Jake May /The Flint Journal via AP)
Ray Hall, UM-Flint public safety director, stands with a mask on as Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton details the shooting resulting in the death of Calvin Munerlyn during a press conference on Monday, May 4, 2020 at the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office in Flint. (Jake May /The Flint Journal via AP)

Munerlyn’s mother, Bernadett, said she wants justice for her son.

“They didn’t have to take my baby and it wasn’t that serious,” she said. “All you people just have to do is listen to the law, listen to the governor. Just stay home. If you don’t have to come out, then you wouldn’t need a mask unless you’re out getting groceries or necessities. All my baby was doing was his job working and doing his job.”

Whitmer offered her condolences.

“It is incredibly sad that in this crisis that this life was lost,” Whitmer told reporters Monday. “We are mindful of how important it is that people keep a level head, that we do the right thing protecting ourselves and others.”

SOURCE: The Associated Press, Corey Williams and Mike Householder