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Police Arrest Fred Meyer Store Shooting Suspect in Washington After Authorities Release $1 Million Arrest Warrant


After a police manhunt, a suspected gunman who opened fire at a Fred Meyer grocery store, killing an Instacart employee and critically injuring another has been apprehended 130 miles away.

Following the killing of Justin Krumbah, 38, Washington Police captured Aaron Christopher Kelly, 39, on Interstate 90 between Sprague and Spokane and took him into jail. Richland police said he will be jailed on accusations of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.

$1 million murder warrant issued for gunman

Kelly was seen in a surveillance video in a heated argument with Krumbah before opening fire at the Richland grocery at 11 am, according to authorities. After starting a fire at about 11 am on Monday, he departed the scene in a 2005 Honda Civic, Daily Mail reported.

Police had previously indicated they had identified the culprit but did not reveal his identity, only informing reporters that he had had past encounters with law enforcement, as they issued a $1million nationwide demand for his arrest.

At 11:03 am, police and sheriff’s officers from all over the area began getting reports about probable gunfire at the store and were on the scene within a minute. Dispatch police stated at the time that the gunman was still in the building and at least one victim was down.

Fred Meyer shooting suspect arrested

A chaplain was also summoned, according to the Tri-City Herald. Officers and personnel of the Richland Fire Department rushed to the site to try to save Krumbrah’s life, but he was declared dead on the spot.

According to Richland Police Commander Chris Lee, the incident resulted in just two verified victims. One is dead, while the other is in serious condition at the hospital. Before the suspect opened fire, the suspect and the murdered victim, another White guy, had a conversation in the store, according to police.

Officers aren’t sure what the conversation was about, but Lee said the suspect has had past run-ins with the law. Lee couldn’t tell whether the previous encounters with cops involved firearms. The weapon used in the shooting was a handgun, but authorities aren’t sure what brand or model it was, as per CBS News.

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