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PD: Man 'was in fear for his life' during Chandler Walmart shooting

Posted: Updated: Feb 17, 2014 09:08 PM
Kriston Charles Belinte Chee Kriston Charles Belinte Chee
CHANDLER, Ariz. -

A man who shot and killed another man inside a suburban Phoenix Walmart opened fire in self-defense, Chandler police said Monday.

According to Chandler police, Cyle Wayne Quadlin, 25, shot Kriston Charles Belinte Chee, 36, following a fight at a service counter Sunday afternoon.

Detectives reviewing surveillance video report the two men fought in the store before the shooting Sunday afternoon.

Quadlin told police he pulled his gun in self-defense.

"Mr. Quadlin was losing the fight and indicated he 'was in fear for his life,' so he pulled his gun and shot Mr. Belinte Chee," police said in a statement.

Belinte Chee was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Investigators said the pair did not know each other before the shooting.

Authorities said Quadlin remained at the store for a little while following the shooting and then fled. Police found him after a family member called authorities to report his whereabouts.

Quadlin was not booked in the case and Chandler police said they will submit their investigation for review to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee says the retailer is working with police to provide them any information they might find useful. She said the company's "thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved."

In the meantime, Walmart said it is sending crisis counselors to the store to talk with employees.

Kriston Chee Burial Expenses
Wells Fargo Account #: 6782858259
Name on account: Lester Chee (Kriston's father)


FRIENDS, FAMILY MOURN KRISTON CHEE

We spoke with Kriston' employer in Mesa, where he worked for many years and in fact, was considered family.

The employees and Kriston's family members are still trying to make sense of it all.

Kriston, better known to friends as Kris, worked for Rhino Masonry for more than a decade.

"Kris considered Rhino his home," said Judy Ahlers, Vice President of Rhino Masonry.  "Kris has been here I think 16 to 18 years since he started the apprentice program and I just watched him grow and mature into a really find mason."

Chee volunteered many hours, working with apprentices and won local and national awards for his work. 

"He was always in the top.  He has been the top mason in the United States three times," said Ahlers.

Ahlers says she first learned of Kris' passing from his mother.

"His mom called us last night at 7:30 to tell us she didn't have much information other than that Kris had passed."

Ahlers then notified his co-workers.

"Every single one of them said the same thing -- Kris was a big man with a big heart and he loved his kids and his wife."

It wasn't until Monday that Ahlers learned Chee was shot and killed when a verbal fight turned physical inside the Walmart on Warner Road.

Police say the man who fired the gun claimed self-defense, saying he was loosing the fight to Chee and was in fear for his life, so he shot him.

"Seems like people are going around shooting other people, then claiming self-defense. I don't know. I wasn't there, so I don't know what happened," said Ahlers.  "It's just sad when he's 36-years-old, he's lost his life when he was just really getting at the peak and being the best and ready to be a really good foreman.  His kids and his wife are left without a dad now."

Chee leaves behind a wife and three children.

Police say they are going through video evidence of what happened inside the Walmart store and will release that video when they can.


Lisa Prichard, AMCA Executive Director, released this statement:

"The Arizona Masonry Contractors Association (AMCA) was very saddened to hear about the death of Kris Belinte Chee. Since graduating from our apprenticeship program in 2001, Kris volunteered many hours working one on one with our apprentices. Kris was an accomplished mason, winning many local and national competitions throughout his career. Most recently, he won 2nd place in the national Fastest Trowel Competition on January 22, 2014 in Las Vegas. Kris was very dedicated to his family and the industry, and will be greatly missed.

We send our deepest condolences to the Chee Family."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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