Tucson Shooting: Ryan Remington Fired for Killing Man in Wheelchair

The Tucson police division has formally terminated a cop who killed a disabled man, taking pictures the wheel-chair sure 61-year-old 9 occasions in the again and aspect.

The killing occurred on the finish of November in a big-box purchasing complicated south of downtown in the Arizona metropolis. Officer Ryan Remington — a four-year veteran of the Tucson drive was engaged on a “special duty” side-shift as safety for a Wal-Mart retailer. There, a person named Richard Richards allegedly shoplifted a toolbox. As Richards rolled out of the shop in his crimson mobility system, an worker requested to see his receipt. According to an account supplied by the Tucson police, “Mr. Richards brandished a knife and said, ‘Here’s your receipt.’”

Officer Remington, having noticed that encounter, pursued Richards out of the shop and into the car parking zone, in a slow-speed chase on foot. In a video launched by the police, Remington may be heard calling for backup, alleging Richards “pulled a knife on me.”

Ryan Remington

Tucson Police Department

A second officer quickly arrived on the scene, carrying a physique digicam. As seen on video from that system, Richards was ignoring Remington’s orders and rolling towards the doorway of a Lowe’s backyard middle. Remington shouted: “Do not go in the store, sir!” When Richards didn’t obey, Remington abruptly opened hearth at shut vary, taking pictures eight occasions in speedy succession from behind the wheelchair, earlier than firing a ninth shot after a quick pause.

Richards can then be seen toppling head first onto the pavement, the place he will get handcuffed by Remington. Richards was declared lifeless shortly thereafter.

In a press convention the day after the taking pictures, Tucson police chief Chris Magnus excoriated Remington. “I am deeply troubled by Officer Remington’s actions,” he mentioned. “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 training.” The chief introduced that day that the division had already “moved… to terminate Officer Remington.”

That firing didn’t turn into official, nonetheless till Wednesday Jan. 5, following the conclusion of an prolonged “internal administrative investigation.” Remington now has 10 days to enchantment his termination — a step Remington’s lawyer mentioned his consumer will likely pursue.

The video of the slaying is graphic, and disturbing, even by the requirements of police killings.

Pima County Attorney Laura Conover has opened an investigation into the killing. “The video is jarring,” Conover mentioned of the footage of the killing, in a statement launched on Dec. 10. But to this point, Remington faces no legal prices.

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