The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Responds to the Shooting of Kriston Charles Belinte Chee

Navajo citizen, Kriston Charles Belinte Chee, was unarmed when shot & killed at Wal-mart on Feb. 16, 2014

Navajo citizen, Kriston Charles Belinte Chee, was unarmed when shot & killed at Wal-mart on Feb. 16, 2014

ST. MICHAELS, NAVAJO NATION– The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission office extends its sympathy and condolences to the family of Kriston Charles Belinte Chee, the Navajo man shot at Chandler, Arizona Wal-Mart on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Chee and his wife were shopping at the Wal-mart for construction supplies. Allegedly an argument broke out between Chee and Kyle Wayne Quadin, 25, at the service counter. The argument turned into a physical brawl.

According to a statement gained by the Native News Online from the Chandler Police Department, “Mr. Qaudin was losing the fight and indicated he ‘was in fear for his life,’ so he pulled his gun and shot Mr. Belinte Chee.”

Chee was unarmed.

He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Qaudin is now free pending an investigation.

Walmart at 800 West Warner Road in Chandler, Arizona where unarmed Navajo man was killed.

Walmart at 800 West Warner Road in Chandler, Arizona where unarmed Navajo man was killed.

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission office issued a news released after learning of Kriston Chee’s death and Quadlin’s claim of self defense.

Leonard Gorman, NNHRC Executive Director states:

“Claim of self defense are very subjective. Based on the recent Florida cases (Zimmerman and Dunn), it is clear that no duty to retreat is confusing and require substantial investigation.”

“It’s disappointing to learn that Mr. Chee’s family is left with the notion that his death is okay, no crime committed,” Gorman further stated.

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission is at dismayed by the quick ruling and acceptance of self defense. When a person’s life is taken the remaining family members deserve a full investigation.

Maricopa County is currently investigating this case to determine if charges should be filed against Quadlin. The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission will be following the outcome and results of the investigation.

If you have any questions in regards to this contact the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission office at 928-871-7436.

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