Officials say Tucson police opened fire after fatally shooting a man in a wheelchair
The video, released by the Tucson Police Department, shows parts of a deadly confrontation between Police Officer Ryan Remington and a man in a wheelchair identified by police as 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards.
The video shows a combination of three camera views of Monday’s event: the Walmart parking lot security camera, the police body camera, and the Lowe’s security camera. Two of the videos show Richards being fatally shot as he flees officers through Lowe’s parking lot. Played throughout the video clips are sections of police radio communications.
Richards was charged with stealing a toolbox from Walmart when an employee contacted a Tucson police officer on special duty at the store, according to a statement from Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus.
Remington, an officer serving four years in Tucson, joined Walmart employees in the parking lot and tracked down Richards while “trying to gain his cooperation,” the sheriff said in a statement. .
“According to the employee, he encountered Mr. Richards outside as he fled the store and asked to see the receipt for the toolbox. Instead of providing the receipt, Mr. Richards brandished a knife and said: , ‘Here is your receipt.’ ”
Magnus says that Remington wants Richards to stop and surrender his knife.
“Mr Richards refused to comply, and instead continued through the Walmart and Lowe parking lots,” Magnus said.
“According to Walmart employees, Mr. Richards said, ‘If you want me to put down the knife, you’re going to have to shoot me.”
A second officer arrived at the scene to assist Remington.
Both officers walked a short distance behind Richards when they warned him not to enter the store, the sheriff said.
The video shows Richards beginning to enter the Lowe’s store as Remington tells him, “Don’t enter the store, sir.” Seconds later, the officer started shooting Richards, who fell out of his chair and to the ground.
According to Magnus, Remington fired nine rounds, hitting the man in the back and side.
“His use of deadly force in this incident is a clear violation of department policy and directly contradicts many aspects of our use of force,” Magnus said. “As a result, the department moved earlier today to terminate officer Remington.”
CNN has reached out to Remington but received no response.
Pima County Attorney’s Office to look into the case, the sheriff said
A clip of Lowe’s security camera footage shows Richards lying on the ground shortly after being shot, as the officer appears to be pulling his hands behind his back to handcuff him.
Remington was the only officer to discharge his weapon, according to Magnus.
said the police chief.
Magnus said the matter will be reviewed by the Pima County District Attorney’s Office.
Attorney Michael Storie, who represents Remington, told CNN that the “selected clips” presented at the press conference were only half the story.
“In any such form, if you cut and paste a video, it will not accurately represent the impression and mental state of the officer that led to the decision to use force of any kind, ‘ said Storie.
The mayor of Tucson, Regina Romero, described the officer’s actions as “unconscionable and indisputable.”
She added that she supports a full investigation by the district attorney’s office.
“It is moments like these that test our resolve to ensure justice and accountability,” the mayor said. “We owe this to all Tucsonans. I ask our community to remain calm and patient as the investigations unfold.”