Story at a glance

  • Tucson police officer Ryan Remington was fired this week after he shot a man in a wheelchair suspected of stealing a toolbox from a Walmart.
  • Remington and a fellow officer followed the man, Richard Lee Richards, who allegedly brandished a knife.
  • Remington claimed Richards refused to hand over the weapon and backed away from the officers.

An Arizona police officer has been fired after he fatally shot a man in a wheelchair, according to The Associated Press. 

Officer Ryan Remington of Tucson was terminated for excessive use of force. 

“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,” Tucson Chief of Police Chris Magnus said during a press conference earlier this week, the AP reported. 


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Magnus added that he was “deeply disturbed and troubled” by the incident, according to the outlet. 

Remington, a veteran, had been placed on special duty assignment which was “basically a security detail” at the Walmart located in the city’s Midvale Park Shopping Center, the AP reported. 

Remington shot 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards multiple times in the back while he was moving slowly away from law enforcement in his motorized wheelchair outside of a Walmart on Monday night, according to The Guardian. 

Surveillance footage from the Walmart and police body cams released by the Tucson police department show Remington and another officer walking behind Richards in the Walmart parking lot and one officer instructing him to “not go into the store,” the BBC reported. 

Richards was suspected of stealing a toolbox from the store and had already been approached by a Walmart employee, according to the BBC. 

A Walmart employee and Remington claimed that Richards showed a knife during the incident, refused to comply with orders from the officers to hand over the weapon and began to move away, the BBC reported. 

Remington fired nine shots into Richards' back after which he slumped down and fell out of the chair to the ground, according to The Guardian, where the officer then placed him in handcuffs. He was pronounced dead soon after. 


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Published on Dec 03, 2021