Arizona Police Officer Dismissed in Outrage over Murder of Allegedly Displayed Thief in Motorized Wheelchair and Slowly Moving Away from Police Officer in the back.
Surveillance footage released by the Police Department showed Constable Ryan Remington of the Tucson Police Department slowly walking behind Richard Lee Richards, 61, in a parking lot outside a Walmart on Monday night.
Richards had been accused of stealing a toolbox from Walmart and an employee contacted Remington, who was on a special assignment in the store. Richards brandished a knife at the employee at one point, police said.
“Don’t enter the store, sir,” Remington can be heard yelling at Richards in police body camera footage as Richards neared the entrance to Lowe’s Home Improvement. As Richards continued to approach the entrance, Remington fired nine shots and hit Richard in the back and side.
Richards collapsed forward and fell to the ground in front of a flower garden and was then quickly handcuffed by Remington.
He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said the Walmart employee approached Richards and asked him to show him a receipt. Richards responded by pulling out a knife and said, “Here is your receipt. “
According to Magnus, Remington ordered Richards to stop and hand over the knife, to which the Walmart employee overheard Richards say, “If you want me to put the knife down, you’re going to have to shoot me.”
Magnus condemned the shooting on Tuesday, saying, “His use of lethal force in this incident is a flagrant violation of departmental policy and directly contradicts multiple aspects of our use of force and training. “
He added that he was “deeply troubled and disturbed” by Remington’s actions and “as a result, the department decided earlier today to fire Constable Remington”, who had been with the Tucson Police Force since. four years.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero declared Remington’s actions “inadmissible and untenable,” adding: “It is times like this that test our resolve to ensure justice and accountability. We owe it to all Tusconians.
Mike Storie, a lawyer representing Remington, condemned Remington’s dismissal and called Magnus and Romero’s comments politically motivated.
“These are incredible circumstances that I have never seen,” he said, adding that Remington “tried to defuse the situation” until he had no other choice.
The Pima County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the shooting for possible criminal charges against Remington.