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Chandler PD releases surveillance video, 911 call in Walmart shooting case

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Chandler police have released video and 911 calls from a Walmart store on the day one customer shot and killed another inside the store near Warner and Alma School Road.

The shooting happened around 4 p.m. on February 16th.

In a freeze frame on the video, you can see the 25-year-old shooter, Cyle Quadlin and the man he shot, 36-year-old Kriston Chee.

Quadlin says it was self-defense.

You see the shooter had just walked over, got a paper to fill out and headed to the customer service counter where he stood next to Chee's wife.

We don't know what started this fight, but it appears Chee said something to Quadlin.  The two gesture and it quickly escalated from a verbal argument to a physical fight and then a shooting.  The incident was captured on many angles from the store's cameras.

The two walked out towards the exit, still talking, but right as they got there, they faced each other.  You can see Chee shove Quadlin and they struggle.  A gun could be seen in Quadlin's hand.

The fight goes off-camera where the shot was fired.

Witnesses say Chee ran off and later collapsed in an aisle with a gunshot wound to the chest.

A number of witnesses called 911 and the shooter himself -- Quadlin -- talked with dispatchers.  He said he wasn't trying to kill the man -- he said he feared for his life and fired in self-defense, trying to aim low.

"It was like I was going to walk out of the store.. all of a sudden, I got grabbed around the neck, my head went into the railing.. he had me from behind.  I wasn't sure if he was trying to punch me, choke me, exactly what. My wife's gun was in my holster and that's when I pulled it out, let off the safety and got a shot off toward his leg.  I tried to aim towards that section not to do any damage.  I have a daughter, I have a wife, I have a lot of responsibilities.. I do not want to get in trouble," said Quadlin.

Quadlin says he told Walmart officials to call the police and he told them to get out there because he was freaking out customers.  He told dispatchers that he lives right around the corner, so he drove home instead of staying at the scene.

Quadlin is not facing any charges at this time.  Police plan to forward the case to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review.

The County Attorney, Bill Montgomery, won't comment on the case, but says any pending case may wind up in front of a citizen's self-defense review committee. It's a committee that looks at self-defense cases that are not so black and white, but rather have a gray area.

Montgomery created the Citizens Self-Defense Review Committee in 2010.  The committee, which is made up of the county's most senior attorneys, reviews cases where people say they used physical and deadly force in self-defense.  The committee determines if their claims are legitimate or if they should be charged criminally.

"The reason for that is if I'm exercising a Constitutional right to defend myself or my family, that we have with Arizona statues, why should I have to go through the process of retaining a defense attorney, going through the expense both emotional as well as financially, only to have the prosecutor determine it was a justified act here and dismiss the charge," said Montgomery.

From 2011 to 2013, the Citizens Self-Defense Committee reviewed 63 cases.  Of those, charges were filed in 33 cases -- more than half.

"You have to look very carefully at what was the circumstance in which the two people came into contact and in which force was initially used by one person and what was the response from the other," said Montgomery.

He says case reviews could take one meeting or multiple meetings.  The committee looks at the law enforcement investigation, what witnesses heard and saw, what statutes permit and what is the likely jury outcome.

"There are sometimes we get additional information to review that hasn't been made publicly available yet that can literally turn a decision from charging to not charging or visa versa."

The same group of attorneys review officer-involved shootings.

Montgomery says there is no way to petition a review and they don't talk about which cases are reviewed.

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