Aaron Christopher Kelly Identified As Fred Meyer Shooting Suspect

A $1 million nationwide warrant has been issued for the 39-year-old suspect in Monday morning’s deadly shooting at Fred Meyer. Aaron Christopher Kelly is charged in Benton County Superior Court with premeditated first-degree murder, online court records show. The warrant was signed Monday by Judge Dave Petersen, who found probable cause for Kelly’s arrest. Police have not disclosed the identities of the alleged shooter, the customer who was killed or the employee who is hospitalized with critical injuries. However, an internal Richland Police Department “officer safety” memo, issued by Interim Police Chief Brigit Clary, identifies Kelly as the man who allegedly shot two people inside the Wellsian Way store at 11 a.m. While police have not publicly posted the memo, Tri-Cities residents have been sharing it on their personal Facebook pages after someone got a hold of the document. Kelly is described as being 6-foot, weighing 190 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. He drives a silver 2005 Honda Civic, according to the officer safety memo. It is not known if the Honda was used in the crime. Police say Kelly was last seen wearing a “black puffy sleeveless shell/vest over black and gray plaid shirt and light colored pants or jeans.” Source 


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