Graphic video shows the moment an off-duty Arizona police officer whom was working at a Walmart as a security guard fatally shot a 61-year-old man in a wheelchair nine times in the back. Police say the disabled man was allegedly shoplifting.
The officer, Ryan Remington, was the officer on duty at the Walmart in Tucson Monday when a Walmart employee warned him about a customer in a wheelchair who allegedly just stolen a toolbox.
“Mr. Richards refused to comply, and instead continued to head through the Walmart and Lowe’s parking lots,” Magnus said. “According to the Walmart employee, Mr. Richards said, ‘If you want me to put down the knife, you’re going to have to shoot me.’”
Another police officer then met Remington at the store, where they advised the suspect not to enter the store. Allegedly, he again reportedly ignored the instructions.
The graphic video shows the moment Richards starts to enter the store as Remington tells him, “Do not go into the store, sir.”
“To be clear, I am deeply disturbed 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 training,” Magnus shared in a press conference Tuesday.
“As a result, the department moved earlier today to terminate Officer Remington.” Magnus added that the shooting will be reviewed by the Pima County Attorney’s Office.