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One person is in custody after a shooting incident in the Walmart parking lot in Kennewick.

Officers from Kennewick, Benton County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol responded to the scene around 12:30 p.m. at S Quillan St in Kennewick after receiving multiple reports of shots fired.

Police said Alexander Yell, 31, attempted to take merchandise from Walmart and when confronted by a loss prevention officer in the parking lot, Yell pulled out a firearm.

The ongoing investigation revealed that Yell fired at least one round at the loss prevention officer.

Officials said the loss prevention officer, with a concealed carry permit, shot Yell multiple times.

Officers said Yell was hit several times, but took off in a car.

Yell was later contacted at a house near 5th and Olympia in Kennewick and taken into custody without incident.

KPD detectives executed a search warrant and found the firearm used in the Walmart robbery. During the execution of the warrant, KPD detectives also discovered additional evidence of a burglary that had occurred on November 25 at a business in the 8300 block of W Gage Blvd in Kennewick.

Police booked Yell into the Benton County Jail for charges of suspicion of Assault in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Officers said Walmart reopened around 2:30 p.m.


UPDATE 1:40PM---

Police have taken a person into custody that matched the description of the suspect from Walmart. Police said the person does have a gunshot wound.


KENNEWICK, Wash.---Police are investigating after receiving numerous reports of shots fired at the Walmart in Kennewick Friday afternoon.

Officers from Kennewick and Benton County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene around 12:30 p.m. at S Quillan St in Kennewick.

So far, there are no known injuries and police are working to evacuate the store.

Action News spoke with witnesses who say they saw dozens of people running out of the store.

This is not an active shooter situation. Initial reports say the shooter has left the area.

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