Richard Lee Richards

Who is Richard Lee Richards? Richard Lee Richards is a accused of stealing a toolbox from the store and a police officer has been fired after he reportedly shot a man in a wheelchair armed with a knife nine times outside a store entrance.

Officer Ryan Remington was working an off-duty job as a security officer Monday night at a Walmart when the shooting occurred, the Associated Press reports. The man in the wheelchair, Richard Lee Richards, 61, was accused of stealing a toolbox from the store.

Remington and a Walmart worker followed Richards out of the store and asked to see a receipt. Tucson.com reports Richards pulled out a knife and said “Here’s my receipt.” He then moved toward the entrance of a Lowe’s store.

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Richards was followed by Remington and another police officer as he moved across the parking lot. When told to drop the knife, he told officers they would have to shoot him, tucson.com reports.

As Remington neared the entrance to Lowe’s, both officers told him not to enter the store, reports say. Remington then opened fire from behind, hitting Richards nine times. Video of the shooting released by Tucson police shows Richards slump down and fall from his chair after he is shot.

A lawyer for Remington tells KVOA Channel 4 that the officer had “no non-lethal options” and was concerned about the safety of a female employee inside Lowe’s. The lawyer said Remington didn’t think a Taser would work because of the wheelchair between the officer and Richards. Remington has been with the police force for four years.

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Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said in a statement to KVOA said Remington’s actions were a “clear violation of department policy.”

“To be very clear, I am deeply disturbed and troubled by Officer Remington’s actions,” Magnus said. [Read More: Who is Henry Laxson? Clayton County officer died after shootout at domestic call]

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero also released a statement condemning the shooting, KVOA reports.

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“The actions of the officer involved in last night’s deadly shooting are unconscionable and indefensible,” Romero said in the statement. “The County Attorney’s Office has my full support as they proceed with their investigation. It is moments like this that test our resolve to ensure justice and accountability. We owe this to all Tucsonans. I ask our community to remain calm and be patient as investigations ensue.”

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