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Walgreens Worker Reportedly Follows Pregnant Woman Accused of Shoplifting to Parking Lot, Shoots Her Multiple Times Claiming He Feared for His Life

A Nashville woman and her newborn baby are in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center after the mother, who was seven months pregnant, reportedly was shot by a Walgreens employee in a store parking lot for alleged shoplifting.

According to Nashville Police, Walgreens team leader Mitarius Boyd shot a suspected shoplifter, Travonsha Ferguson, in the store parking lot around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Doctors had to perform an emergency cesarean section to deliver Ferguson’s baby after she sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The baby reportedly was not harmed, and both mother and child are in critical but stable condition.

The front of Nashville Walgreens where the shooting took place. (Photo: WKRN News/YouTube screenshot)

Police said that the 21-year-old Walgreens employee was notified by another employee that 34-year-old Ferguson and another woman were stealing.

Boyd claimed that he saw the women placing items into a shopping cart and into a large over-the-shoulder bag, according to Eyewitness 3 News Nashville. He reportedly took out his cell phone to record the women and proceeded to follow them out of the store to their car. Boyd reportedly spotted the women loading the stolen items in the trunk of their car and approached the rear side of the vehicle to confront the women.

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He said that one of the women sprayed him using a can of mace, and that’s when he pulled out his gun and began shooting at the women.

According to police, Boyd said he started shooting because he was in fear and didn’t know if the women were armed. After the shooting took place, the two women left the scene, and Boyd went back inside the store to call 911.

The woman with Ferguson took her to the city’s General Hospital and drove away. WSMV-TV reports that Ferguson had multiple gunshot wounds and was transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Police said that they seized Boyd’s phone and the gun. They also reported that he is cooperating with the investigation.

Boyd was reportedly arrested in October for an alleged incident at a Nashville Best Buy. He reportedly caused disruption and refused to leave the store after discovering the store didn’t have a PlayStation 5 in stock. He allegedly got into an argument with several store employees, including the store manager, and authorities were called.

When police arrived, Boyd reportedly refused to leave and got into an argument with officers. Authorities charged Boyd with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Nashville detectives said once the Walgreens-related investigation is over, they will take their findings to the district attorney’s office to determine if Boyd will face charges. Nashville police didn’t release the identity of the second woman who was with Ferguson.

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16 thoughts on “Walgreens Worker Reportedly Follows Pregnant Woman Accused of Shoplifting to Parking Lot, Shoots Her Multiple Times Claiming He Feared for His Life

  1. MrsClay says:

    Firstly why did he foll

  2. Rin says:

    Yeahhhh, the first thing they teach you as a retail worker is that you don’t follow anyone like that. You will be terminated if you do it, because it’s colossally stupid… let alone that this dude was maced and just started firing. What an idiot. I hope he gets the book thrown at him.

  3. Rocky Scholfield says:

    Let’s go back to what started the whole mess. Two women stealing. I’m sick of thieves

  4. Sandy White says:

    Allegedly stealing!!! What did they still…

  5. Kate Smith says:

    Corporate Walgreens will write off the loss from shoplifters. Hell, they probably don’t pay taxes with so many IRS loophole.
    Yes! Employers teach us cashiers: let them rob versus following them out of the store. Safety first. Store/bank is insured.
    How did she know he wasn’t there to rob them? Did he announce he was an employee?
    He has a recent altercation with police at BestBuy.

  6. Calvin W Jacocks says:

    Sick of thieves? Yeah, shoot them all and anyone else who breaks the law. Forget the courts, forget calling the Police, having them arrested, a possible trial, conviction, jail time and penalties, etc.

    Just take the law in your own hands, break company policy, follow them anywhere and pump a box of bullets in their a**. Two boxes if their PREGNANT!!!

  7. Calvin W Jacocks says:

    they are rather

  8. Diane Almond-Ward says:

    Shoplifters 101 is taught & known by every retail worker, to NEVER follow a shoplifter out the store. He wasn’t “fearing for his life” when he decided to play Walgreens super heroand follow them all the way to their car! He’s lucky it was mace she produced, and not a weapon. His ignorance could have cost him his life, as well as the lives of co-workers and customers. More likely than not, Walgreens probably fired him within minutes of being notified about the incident.

  9. Allison Mitchell says:

    Never follow a THIEF, stores can write that shit off, & why did he need to follow them, he wasn’t a manager , right,., niw he just may go to hail-dummy playing cop, SMDH

  10. I guess I can shoot and kill whoever I want as long as I come up with the right story or narrative

  11. Some of these comments are sickening. He didn’t have any vested interest in Walgreens. He set out to shoot someone, and she just happened to be the one, nothing in Walmart is worth dyeing for. Thats a hellaaaaaaa law suit, and she’s going to win, but he needs to be arrested for assault and having a weapon in Walmart.

  12. Chicago Goon says:

    Well, I see a major lawsuit coming. He broke all the company policies about stopping shop lifters and also having a firearm on the company premises by employees. He’s going to jail and also terminated. Should have just called Nashville PD or Davidson County Deputies to handle this. Now, he’s sitting in Davidson County Jail.

  13. Michelle McCord says:

    The bastard should be arrested for two counts attempted homicide. Stores have video surveillance cameras. All employee had to do was call 911 instead of following the individuals out of the store. Even if they were shoplifting and it has not been determined they were no amount of merchandise is worth someone being shot and possibly killed.

  14. Vickie says:

    Point of the matter is the question no one one has asked why did this fool have a gun on him in the store makes no sense he’s a manager so not only did he mess up by following the young ladies out the store he’s a screwed point blank those young ladies are going to get paid million’s because of his actions and these comments are sad they young lady could of lost her life are her babys life could have been taking behind this mess

  15. Ura Nidiot says:

    What a hero, willing to kill for walgreens’ profit margins

  16. He shouldn’t be allowed legal possession of a gun. Mentally unstable and anger problem. Read about the Best Buy incident.

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