The investigation into the shooting of a Walmart theft suspect had led Police to more information.

Now Police say Yell fired at least one round at the worker, which explains the return of fire.


The Walmart Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) was legally carrying a concealed weapon, with all proper permits, say Police.

The original incident happened Friday, 11-26 when the suspect attempted to leave Walmart with merchandise around 12:46 PM. He was confronted and ran from the store. The LPO chased him into the parking lot, and that's when the confrontation occurred.

There's been no indication from Walmart concerning an LPO carrying at work, we are waiting to hear more on that.

Kennewick Police were able to track the suspect, 31-year-old Alexander Yell, to a nearby residence where he was apprehended. He had been struck several times by bullets from the LPO, who indicated Yell had displayed a weapon. That's why he drew his own and fired.

Now Police say Yell fired at least one round at the worker, which explains the return of fire.


KPD also says during their investigation, additional evidence was found tying Yell to another burglary committed Nov. 24th in the 8300 block of Gage Boulevard.

We don't have an update on Yell's condition, but he was able to get to his vehicle and flee Walmart despite being hit multiple times by the LPO's gunfire.

870 AM KFLD logo
Get our free mobile app

 No one else was hurt in the incident. The investigation continues.  Besides the charges he's facing from the incident, KPD issued this statement:

"In addition to the original charges, Yell will also be booked into the Benton County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Burglary and an upgraded Assault 1 charge."

25 True Crime Locations: What Do They Look Like Today?

Below, find out where 25 of the most infamous crimes in history took place — and what the locations are used for today. (If they've been left standing.)

More From 870 AM KFLD