Composite screenshot of WREG News Channel 3 YouTube video and Shelby County website (Left: Mark LeSure, deceased | Right: Shuntae Daniels, accused)
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A Tennessee woman is facing several charges after surveillance footage seemed to show that she robbed a man as he lay dying on his driveway.
At around 8 a.m. on Sunday, Memphis police received a call about a man who had seemingly collapsed outside his residence in the southwestern part of town. When they arrived, they found the lifeless body of one of their own. Mark LeSure was a 57-year-old retired homicide detective who had spent decades on the force. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and reports later indicated that he died of a heart attack.
When investigators examined footage captured on a nearby security camera, they found that a woman had been with LeSure around the time of his death. The woman, later identified as Shuntae Daniels, arrived at the residence with LeSure, and the two had been arguing. Daniels later told police that she had demanded gas money from LeSure, who went inside his house and grabbed $10. When he went back outside, he suffered the heart attack and collapsed to the ground.
Daniels then allegedly seized the opportunity to take more than just gas money. According to police, she went into LeSure's home and stole his cellphone and wallet. She then went back outside and supposedly rifled through his pockets. She ultimately took the $10 in gas money he had been holding in his hand but which had fallen to the ground, police said.
After she left the property, Daniels reportedly used LeSure's phone to send herself about $1,500 in cash, transferring the money in $200 increments. On the surveillance footage, Daniels can also be seen making a call on her cellphone, and 911 dispatchers did receive a call at the time in the area of LeSure's home. The call was later traced to Daniels, though whether she was calling to report LeSure's medical emergency is unclear. The video reportedly recorded Daniels saying, "We are going to see who knows the law."
Woman stole from former police officer who died in driveway: MPDwww.youtube.com
When asked what she did with LeSure's money, Daniels allegedly told police that she spent it on shoes and visits to the nail and hair salon. She supposedly pocketed the rest. Daniels was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of property, and identity theft. She remains in custody in Shelby County jail on $100,000 bond.
Last year, Daniels was accused of shooting at a car full of kids parked outside a Taco Bell. The status of that case remains unknown.
LeSure spent most of his relatively short life serving his country and his community. He served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer. He then joined the Memphis Police Department in 1992 and eventually became a well-respected homicide detective. He had only recently retired. Last year, he weighed in on the viral video which seemed to show several Memphis officers beat Tyre Nichols to death.
"Human beings man, that’s what happened," LeSure told the New York Times. "They let their emotions get the best of them, and there was no veteran officer there to stop them. Usually, when vets are there, things go differently because we have that experience to say, 'I understand you’re mad, but you got to stop. You can’t do this, it isn’t right.'"
Now after his death, his friends and family remember LeSure as a dedicated police officer who wanted to mentor local youth. "He had outreach ministries to young people in the community, a few blocks away," said neighbor Randie Fleming. Fleming also called his friend "an upstanding guy" who "served his community."
LeSure's aunt, Rose LeSure-Jones, also called him "one of the good guys." "He was in the driveway when we got here lying face down," she recalled. "Whatever it was, he didn’t deserve this, he really didn’t. He was a good guy. One of the good guys, really."
It is not clear how LeSure and Daniels knew each other.
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Sr. Editor, News
Cortney Weil is a senior editor for Blaze News.