TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – A Tucson police officer was fired after shooting a man in a mobility scooter armed with a knife, Chief Chris Magnus said on Tuesday, November 30.
Magnus said shortly before 6 p.m. on Monday that a Walmart employee near Midvale Park on West Valencia Road visited Agent Ryan Remington, a four-year TPD veteran, who worked in store security. outside of operating hours.
The employee told Remington that Richard Lee Richards, 61, who was in a scooter, allegedly stole a toolbox from the store.
According to Magnus, the employee and Remington followed Richards and asked for a receipt. Richards replied, “Here is your receipt,” took out a knife and continued to walk.
The employee told investigators Richards said, “If you want me to put the knife down, you’re going to have to shoot me.”
Another officer, Stephanie Taylor, arrived just as Richards reached the nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement garden center.
Remington then told Richards not to enter the store but Richards ignored him. Remington shot Richards nine times, knocking him off his scooter. Richards died at the scene.
Video of the incident was released during a TPD press conference on Tuesday. Below a edited version of this video which shows the foregrounds. KOLD chose not to show the entire video due to its graphic nature. The full video can be viewed HERE.
At Tuesday’s press conference, Magnus said he was “deeply troubled and troubled” by Remington’s actions, which he described as excessive use of force. Remington was fired on Tuesday, according to Magnus.
“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 our training,” Magnus said.
The case is under review by the Pima County Prosecutor’s Office.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said the following in a statement:
According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Richards has a long criminal past.
In 1981, he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to seven years in prison. In 1986, he was convicted of armed robbery and was sentenced to 15 years.
In 2007, he was convicted of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. He was released in January 2018.
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