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2021-12-01 18:34:37 UTC
Tucson officer fired after fatally shooting man in motorized
wheelchair 9 times from behind
The Tucson Police Department is firing one of its officers who fatally
shot a man in a mobility scooter while confronting him for alleged
Shocking videos of the Monday shooting from Lowe's security cameras
show 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards entering the store in a
motorized wheelchair, followed by two officers with their guns drawn a
few feet behind him.
Body-worn camera footage shows one officer, later identified as
Officer Ryan Remington, firing his gun nine times into Richards' back
Richards was facing away from the officers when he was struck and is
seen immediately falling out of his chair. Remington then rushes
toward him and handcuffs the man as he remains crumpled on the ground.
Richards was pronounced dead shortly afterward.
What we know about the shooting
Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, a Walmart employee reported Richards was
suspected of shoplifting a toolbox, Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus
explained at a news conference on Tuesday. Remington, working off-duty
as security at Walmart, responded.
According to the employee, when asked to show a receipt, Richards
pulled out a knife and said, "Here's your receipt." Richards, in his
motorized wheelchair, then headed toward the Lowe's store across the
parking lot near Valencia Road and Oak Tree Drive in south Tucson,
Remington followed Richards around the parking lot and can be seen on
video calling for backup because Richards "pulled a knife on me."
Officer Stephanie Taylor responded, arriving at the scene as Remington
was approaching Richards near the Lowe's entrance.
Footage from her body-worn camera shows her run out of her vehicle
"You need to stop," someone is heard saying, and then, "He's got his
knife in his other hand."
As Remington says, "Do not go to the store, sir," Taylor draws her
"Stop now. You need to -" she starts saying but is interrupted by
Remington firing his gun.
Attorney for officer: He 'had no non-lethal options'
On Tuesday, Tucson police began the process of firing Remington, who
has been with the department for four years, Magnus said.
It is rare for an officer to be fired or face criminal charges for
using force against someone, and almost unheard of for an officer to
be fired so soon after.
"To be very clear, I am deeply disturbed and troubled by Officer
Remington's actions. His use of deadly force in this incident is a
clear violation of department policy and directly contradicts multiple
aspects of our use of force and training," Magnus said.
The Pima County Attorney's Office is reviewing the fatal shooting for
possible criminal charges against the officer.
Tucson attorney Mike Storie, who is representing Remington, said in a
statement that his client "had no non-lethal options."
"He did have a Taser, but in his mind, he couldnt use it because he
didnt feel he had the proper spread to deploy it, with the wheelchair
between him and Richards," Storie said.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said Remingtons actions were
"unconscionable and indefensible" and the County Attorneys Office has
her full support as it proceeds with its investigation.
The shooting happened a day after Tucson police announced they were
investigating another incident involving an off-duty officer who
restrained two women to the ground.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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