Sheila Johnson was small but extremely brave, said Bob Crowder, who worked with her at the 4A Good Auction business in south Fort Worth.
“She looked thin as a rail but was strong as an ox," he said of the 54-year-old woman. "She could move a refrigerator by herself.”
Johnson sometimes slept at the business to guard against burglars. Crowder suspects burglars returned last weekend and got into a gunfight with her, and she died.
“The policeman told me she emptied a clip from a .22-rifle so she fought back," Crowder said, "but they had a larger caliber gun.”
Johnson's older sister said she was an “independent soul” who loved theater and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 1990.
-- Bill Miller