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MSP, U.S. Marshals offer up to $5000 reward for suspects in Flint dollar store shooting

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The United States Marshals Service, in conjunction with the Michigan State Police, is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of two men who are suspects in the shooting death of a security guard in Flint on May 1. The U.S. Marshals are working with the MSP to locate the suspects.

The Michigan State Police's David Kaiser says Calvin Munerlyn, a security guard at Family Dollar, allegedly told Sharmel Teague that her daughter could not enter the store without a mask or face covering. Kaiser says an argument ensued, and Teague spit on Munerlyn and he instructed a cashier not to serve her, and then she left. Her husband, Larry Teague, and her son, Raymondye Bishop allegedly returned not long after and shot Munerlyn. 

Per Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive order, expanded on April 24, a face mask or covering is required in any public enclosed space.

Sharmel Teague was arraigned via video Wednesday morning. She was formally charged with first degree premeditated murder. Larry Teague and Bishop have not been arrested. They are still at large, and are suspected of being armed and dangerous. 

MSP's David Kaiser says officers around the state have seen an uptick in violent encounters in the past couple weeks.

“Most of these violent confrontations we’re seeing are the result of someone advising another person that they need to be wearing a face covering, and then for whatever reason, that person responds in a violent manner. And that’s not acceptable, that’s not going to be tolerated, and people who act out violently are going to be held accountable.”

Last week, a man in Holly was arrested after wiping his nose on a Dollar Tree clerk’s shirt and said he would use the shirt as a mask after being told he needed a mask or face covering in the store. The week before that, a woman in St. Clair Shores had to be removed from a store after allegedly physically assaulting a store employee who told her she had to have a mask to be in compliance with the governor’s executive order.

Kaiser also says there has been an increase in domestic violence calls to which officers have been responding. 

He says MSP strongly advises everyone to adhere to the governor’s orders.

“If you don’t have to leave your home, don’t. Stay at home, stay safe. If you do have to go to a store, wear a face covering.”

$2,500 is being offered for information that can lead to the arrest of Bishop and an additional $2,500 for Teague. Kaiser says anyone with information can text the U.S. Marshals a tip directly at 847411, or can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-SPEAKUP. He says if you call the hotline, you don’t have to provide your name.

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