Three members of the same family have been charged with murdering a security guard after he told their relative she should be wearing a face mask.
Sharmel Teague was shopping with her daughter at a Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan, when security guard Calvin Munerlyn, 43, told the younger woman she had to leave unless she put on a face mask.
Police say Teague argued with Mr Munerlyn and spat on him before driving away in a red GMC Envoy.
Sharmel Teague is said to have argued with the security guard. Pic: Genessee County Prosecutors Office
Larry Teague (L) and Ramonyea Bishop, who police said shot Mr Munerlyn. Pic: Genessee County Prosecutors Office
About 20 minutes later, her car returned to the store, and her husband Larry and son Ramonyea Bishop confronted Mr Munerlyn, according to investigators who spoke to witnesses in the store and reviewed surveillance video.
Bishop pulled out a gun and shot Mr Munerlyn, prosecutor David Leyton said.
Sharmel Teague, 45, Larry Teague, 45, and Ramonyea Bishop, 23, have been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and firearms charges.
Sharmel Teague has been arrested, but the men are being sought by police.
Mr Munerlyn, a husband and father-of-eight, known as “Big Duper”, died in a local hospital.
Mr Leyton said: “The death of Calvin Munerlyn is senseless and tragic, and those responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
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“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.”
Mr Munerlyn’s mother, Bernadett, told the Associated Press news agency: “All my baby was doing was his job.”
A donations page set up to cover the cost of Mr Munerlyn’s funeral has raised more than $154,000 (£124,000), far exceeding its goal.
Latryna Sims Munerlyn, his wife of 10 years, told NBC 25 he had worked at the store for more than a year.
“He would have given you the shirt off his back, the food off his table. He was the life of the party,” Courtney Cabine, a family friend, told the network.
Wearing a face mask is now compulsory in Michigan, one of the US states worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Some residents have protested against the strict lockdown imposed by governor Gretchen Whitmer.