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Tucson, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson The police officer has been fired after he was accused of shooting and killing a shopkeeper in a wheelchair nine times, officials said on Tuesday.


police Announced at a news conference that Officer Ryan Remington was being terminated for use of excessive force.

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Authorities said Richard Lee Richards, 61, died on the spot and the shooting was recorded on a Remington body camera.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said he was “deeply disturbed and disturbed” by Remington’s actions and 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.

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

Mike Storey, the Tucson attorney representing Remington, said in a statement that his client had “no non-lethal option.”

“He had a Taser, but in his mind, he couldn’t use it because he didn’t think he had the proper dilation to deploy it with a wheelchair between him and Richards,” Storey said.

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

A Walmart loss prevention employee told Remington that a man in a motorized wheelchair allegedly stole a toolbox from the store.

According to police, Remington and the store employee chased the man outside and asked for a receipt. “This is my receipt,” Richards reportedly said, took out a knife and continued on to the nearby home improvement store.

“Now, according to the Walmart employee, Mr Richards said, ‘If you want me to put the knife down you have to shoot me,'” Magnus said.

Remington reportedly ordered Richards to drop the knife and not enter the store, but the suspect ignored the officer, before being shot nine times, and fell from his wheelchair.

“Officer Remington fired nine rounds into his back and side,” Magnus said.

According to Department of Corrections records, Richards is a convicted felon who served prison terms for burglary, armed robbery and, most recently, attempted first-degree murder. He was released in 2018.

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