Tuscaloosa AL WVUA Its a sad ending to a woma

first_imgTuscaloosa, AL (WVUA)- It’s a sad ending to a woman some called courageous.Police and family confirm that Shelia Britton passed away late Thursday night due to head injuries sustained while trying to stop a robbery Sunday night at the shell gas station where she worked.Tuscaloosa Police Captain Brad Mason said, “I think it’s tough a lot of people knew her, liked her spoke to her and spoke well of her so, I think she was important to that store and to a lot of people in the community.Wrecker drivers all around Tuscaloosa–whether stopping to fuel up or grab snacks — chose the Shell Gas station on Skyland Boulevard Because Of Shelia Britton.Earlier in the week many of those drivers came together to start a go fund me account for her.Today WVUA spoke with a truck driver from Horton Wrecker Service who visited with Shelia often over the years… He’s is taking the news of her death hard.Duke Barner said, “Yes, Miss Shelia was an awesome person, I just hate this happened, it’s just saddened my heart. I’m just devastated and it just, you know just hurts right now for the family because I knew her daughter and I knew how much she loved her grandkids.”The death of Ms. Shelia has been felt by an entire community, but the two men police say are responsible now face murder charges.”32-year-old Dewan Hampton was captured Sunday a few hours after the incident took place.The other suspect — 52-year-old Michael Burrell — was taken into custody Friday afternoon, five days after the incident.Capt. Mason said, “We had received several tips from the community about the location he was in. He had used a wig to try and disguise himself, along with the way he was dressed but was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.”Police say the two men stole 3 cases of beer Sunday morning from the Shell Gas station, and that Shelia ran out and confronted them to get it back. During the attempt, police say a portion of Shelia’s body was inside the suspects’ vehicle when they tried driving away. She was dragged by the car and suffered critical head injuries.On Wednesday family members and co-workers held a prayer vigil for Sheila at the Skyland Baptist Church.Many Friday night are remembering the good times they’ve shared with Shelia and the type of woman she truly was.She was just a person, you know if you knew her you would enjoy being and talking to her.  I used to go down there and just talk to her for hours, talk 2 to 3 hours in a night when she work. And just an awesome person and I just pray for the family and everything.  I’m always going to remember her as a good friend, a good woman, an awesome person,” said Duke Barner.last_img