On November 29, 2021 Richard Richards, 61, was shot and killed at a Lowe's home improvement store in Tucson, Arizona. Richard was in a wheelchair. The situation started in a Walmart over a shoplifting claim.
At 6 p.m. Richard was accused of stealing from a Walmart. A Walmart security guard approached Richard and demanded a receipt; Richard is accused of saying, "here is my receipt" and then allegedly pulled out a knife.
Richard continued in his wheelchair throughout the Walmart parking lot. Police arrive on scene and Richard is seen rolling in the parking lot of a Lowe's home improvement store next door to the Walmart. As Richard is going into the Lowe's Tucson Police Officer Ryan Remington shoots Richard nine times.
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Richard falls out of his wheelchair and onto the ground slumped over. Richard died on the scene. A female officer was also on the scene during the shooting and had her gun drawn, but the female officer never fired her gun.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus released a statement saying:
"To be very clear, I am deeply disturbed and troubled by Officer Remington's actions. 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 and training.
As a result, the department moved earlier today to terminate Officer Remington."
Officer Remington was fired one day after the deadly shooting.