Tucson Police Officer Fired After Fatally Shooting Armed Man In Wheelchair

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Officer's body cam footage seconds before deadly shooting.

A Tucson Police Department officer has been fired after he shot and killed a man in a wheelchair who was armed with a knife.

According to Police Chief Chris Magnus, the shooting occurred on Monday shortly before 6 p.m. at the Walmart near Midvale Park on West Valencia Road.

An employee went to Officer Ryan Remington, who was working off-duty security at the store. Remington is a 4-year veteran of TPD.

The employee told Officer Remington that a 61-year-old man in a electric wheelchair device, Richard Lee Richards, allegedly stole a toolbox from the store.

The employee and Remington followed Richards out of the store and through the parking lot and asked for a receipt. Richards responded, “here’s your receipt,” pulled out a knife and kept moving. Richards then said, “if you want me to put down the knife, you’re going to have to shoot me.”

Remington then told Richards to not enter the Lowe’s store. Richards proceed to enter the store and the officer shot him multiple times.


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