Arizona cop is fired and faces criminal probe after he fatally shot motorized wheelchair man in back nine times during ‘armed robbery’

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  • Officer Ryan Remington has been fired from the Tucson Police Department (TPD) after fatally shooting a wheelchair-bound man nine times
  • Richard Lee Richards, 61, allegedly stole a toolbox from Walmart and pulled a knife at an employee and Remington.
  • Remington’s lawyer claims the officer had ‘no non-lethal option’ because Richards was wheelchair-bound and could not properly deploy a Taser.
  • A store employee claimed that when she asked to see the receipt for the toolbox, Richards stabbed her and said: ‘Here’s your receipt’
  • The store employee also claimed that Richards said: ‘If you want me to put down the knife, you have to shoot me’
  • Officers treated Richards on the spot, but was soon pronounced dead.
  • The Pima County Attorney’s Office is investigating the incident and there are no current charges against Remington.

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A Tucson police officer has been fired after nine shots fired into the back of a man using a motorized wheelchair who allegedly stole a toolbox from Walmart and then stabbed a store employee in a parking lot .

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said Officer Ryan Remington was fired Tuesday night for using excessive force to kill 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards.

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Magnus said he was “deeply disturbed and disturbed” by Remington’s actions and that the case is being reviewed by the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

“His use of lethal force in this incident is a clear violation of department policy and contrary to many aspects of our use of force and training,” Magnus said.

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Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said in a statement that Remington’s action was “unconscious and unforgivable,” and the county attorney’s office has her full support as it moves forward with its investigation.

Ryan Remington (pictured holding a gun) has been fired from the Tucson Police Department (TPD) after Richards (left) was fatally shot nine times

Richards (left, in a wheelchair) was shot 'back and side' after stealing a toolbox from Walmart and stabbing an employee who asked for its receipt.  He allegedly took out a knife and said: 'Here is your receipt'

Richards (left, in a wheelchair) was shot ‘back and side’ after stealing a toolbox from Walmart and stabbing an employee who asked for its receipt. He allegedly took out a knife and said: ‘Here is your receipt’

Magnus said Remington, who spent four years at TPD, was on a “special duty assignment, basically a security detail” at the Midwell Park shopping center’s Walmart store on Monday night.

Richard Lee Richards, 61, who is wheelchair-bound, was fatally shot nine times by a police officer outside Lowe's entrance after he allegedly stole a toolbox from Walmart.

Richard Lee Richards, 61, who is wheelchair-bound, was fatally shot nine times by a police officer outside Lowe’s entrance after he allegedly stole a toolbox from Walmart.

Richards – who has been wheelchair-bound since having hip surgery while in prison – allegedly stole a toolbox from Walmart and was driven by Remington to report the incident by a store employee in the parking lot near Lowe’s entrance. He was later confronted.

A store employee reportedly ‘caught up’ with Richards around 9.30 at Lowe’s and asked for a receipt for the toolbox.

Richards reportedly replied: ‘That’s your receipt,’ before pulling out the knife.

The male employee of the store also reported that Richards said: ‘If you want me to put down the knife, you have to shoot me.’

Remington then ‘caught up’ with Richards in the parking lot and asked him to turn the knife, but Richards refused.

Officials told a news conference that Walmart security footage showed Richards and Remington walking through a parking lot toward the garden center at Lowes.

Remington was then assisted by Officer Stephanie Taylor and another male officer.

Remington can be heard telling Richards in the bodycam footage: ‘Don’t go to the store, sir.’

Taylor can also be heard shouting: ‘Wait now. you need to stop.’

At that point, bodycam footage of Remington shows him taking out his gun and beginning to fire his service weapon from behind until Richards collapses and falls out of his wheelchair.

Magnus reported that Remington ‘fired nine times, hitting him in the back and side.’

He was shot outside Lowe's after crossing a shared parking lot with Walmart.  He fell down from his chair, where an unidentified male officer handcuffed Richards, while Remington and another officer, Stephanie Taylor, handcuffed medical supplies.

He was shot outside Lowe’s after crossing a shared parking lot with Walmart. He fell down from his chair, where an unidentified male officer handcuffed Richards, while Remington and another officer, Stephanie Taylor, handcuffed medical supplies.

Remington (left, turned back) said to Richards: 'Don't go to the store, sir,' but when Richards did not stop, started firing

Remington (left, turned back) said to Richards: ‘Don’t go to the store, sir,’ but when Richards did not stop, started firing

Remington caught up with Richards in the parking lot and asked him to turn the knife, which he refused.

Remington caught up with Richards in the parking lot and asked him to turn the knife, which he refused.

Taylor can be heard saying he is about to get something, while another male officer, who was not identified by the TPD, begins handcuffing Richards.

Security footage from Lowe shows three officers attending to Richards’ wounds, but he is soon pronounced dead at the scene.

Remington’s attorney, Mike Storey, is now claiming his client had ‘no non-lethal option,’ read a statement.

Storey said, ‘He had a Taser, but in his mind, he couldn’t use it because he didn’t feel there was proper dilation between him and Richards to deploy him with a wheelchair.

Richards has a long history of criminal activity, including some prison terms. He spent 10 years in state prison for resisting first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and arrest.

He returned to prison in 2019 – transporting illegal immigrants for profit in Nogales, Arizona – where he received his hip replacement.

His lawyer claimed that he has been in physical pain since the replacement and that is why he is wheelchair-bound.

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