Tennessee mother sues Walgreens after she was shot seven times by a store employee


Tennessee mother sues Walgreens after she was shot seven times by a store employee


A Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Walgreens after she was allegedly shot seven times by an armed employee who suspected her of shoplifting.

Travonsha Ferguson was seven months pregnant when the alleged shooting occurred on April 12, 2023, according to a civil lawsuit obtained by the Miami Herald. Doctors had to perform an emergency C-section on Ferguson to deliver her son, who was born with a heart defect and “fought for his life for weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit,” the complaint says.

Almost a year later, the 25-year-old is suing Walgreens and the employee says she caused permanent injuries. “Travonsha Ferguson will never fully recover from this shooting and has long-term health issues that she must deal with every day,” her attorney, L. Chris Stewart, said in a statement.

“We intend to hold Walgreens accountable for the egregious actions of its employee who was a team leader at this location. Following someone to the parking lot and shooting them seven times for allegedly shoplifting is outrageous behavior that cannot be tolerated by businesses across the country.”

The employee, Mitarius Boyd, reportedly no longer works at the company. According to The Herald, Walgreens declined to comment on the lawsuit.

According to the complaint, Walgreens employee Mitarius Boyd allegedly followed Ferguson and her friend to the parking lot of the Walgreens store on Gallatin Road in Nashville after suspecting them of shoplifting and “aggressively confronting” them [Ferguson] and her friend about the allegedly stolen goods while swearing and yelling at them.”

Boyd “never identified himself as an employee,” the complaint says. “Boyd continued to threaten and aggressively approach Ms. Ferguson and her friend,” the complaint states. “As Boyd approached the trunk of her vehicle and continued his aggressive behavior, Ms. Ferguson was prompted to spray Boyd with mace out of fear of imminent physical harm to Baby Ferguson and herself.”

According to her lawyers, he shot Ferguson seven times, including one shot that hit her near her stomach.

Police said Ferguson was dropped off at the hospital by her friend and then taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt Hospital. She “suffered internal and intestinal injuries and now, out of medical necessity, must wear a colostomy bag in order to survive,” the complaint says. Her son is now at “an increased risk for long-term intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

A grand jury declined to indict Boyd in the incident, according to WTVF.