Brawl Inside Chandler Walmart Ends in Fatal Shooting
A 36-year-old man was fatally shot inside a Walmart store in Chandler Sunday after getting into a fight with another customer.
According to Chandler police, it appears that the men didn't know each other before getting into a dispute at the service counter in the store, near Warner and Alma School roads.
That verbal argument between Kriston Belinte-Chee and 25-year-old Kyle Quadlin turned into a physical fight inside the store around 4 p.m., according to police.
Chandler Police Sergeant Joe Favazzo says Quadlin later told police that he was losing the fight and "was in fear for his life," so he pulled out a gun and shot Belinte-Chee.
Belinte-Chee was hospitalized but was pronounced dead Sunday evening.
Quadlin was not booked into jail in the case, as police will submit the case for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to review.
Favazzo says there is video footage of the event, but it won't be immediately released, as detectives are still reviewing it.
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