Father, son sought in MI security guard slaying over coronavirus mask

Elias Hubbard
May 5, 2020

A motive has not been officially determined, but comments from the victim's loved ones suggest the shooting occurred after a customer was refused entry to the establishment for not wearing a face mask, per Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive order to protect against transmission of the new coronavirus as MI begins to reopen businesses.

The Genesee County Prosecutor said two suspects are on the run after allegedly murdering a security guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint on Friday. "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".

Whitmer issued an order in April requiring everyone entering an enclosed space to wear a face mask or covering over their nose and mouth to prevent the spread of coronavirus. "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".

When Munerlyn approached the two, Sharmel Teague became incensed and the two got into a heated argument, he said.

It's alleged the 45-year-old woman and Munerlyn, who was working as a security guard at the time, got into a verbal dispute after he told the woman's daughter she needed to wear a face mask while inside the store.

Surveillance video showed Teague and her daughter leaving the store in a red GMC Envoy and enter the nearby River Village Apartments complex.

According to phone records, she called her husband, Larry Edward Teague Jr.

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

A 23-year-old man, 44-year-old man, and 45-year-old woman, all of Flint, have been charged with first-degree murder and weapons charges in the May 1 shooting death of 43-year-old guard Calvin James Munerlyn. He was rushed to Hurley Medical Center, where he died later Friday.

Social media posts by friends and family memorialized Munerlyn, a husband and a father of eight children, by his nickname: "Big Duper".

Larry Teague and Bishop remained at large on Monday. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL.

A $1,000 reward is available for information leading to their arrests.

Genesee County Commissioner Bryant Nolden, is executive director of the Berson Field House, said Munerlyn was a "great guy". "This (death) was extremely senseless, over a mask".

Munerlyn's mother, Bernadett, said she wants justice for her son. Both suspects should be considered armed and unsafe, Leyton said. "They don't necessitate acts of defiance and we simply can not devolve into an us versus them mentality". "All he did was provide for his family".

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