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Tucson Moves to Fire Officer Seen Fatally Shooting Man in Wheelchair

“The review of the entire video and circumstances would support his position,” Mr. Storie said, acknowledging that he himself had not seen the entirety of video footage. “I’ve just seen the cut-and-paste dog-and-pony show presented by Chief Magnus.”

The encounter ended at a Lowe’s, but it began across the street at a Walmart, the police said.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, a Walmart employee contacted Mr. Remington, who was working as a security officer at the retailer, and said that a man in a motorized wheelchair had stolen a toolbox, Chief Magnus said.

The employee said that he had asked Mr. Richards for a receipt for the toolbox, according to the chief. “Instead of providing a receipt,” Chief Magnus said, “Mr. Richards brandished a knife and said, ‘Here’s your receipt.’ Officer Remington wanted Mr. Richards to stop and to surrender his knife. Mr. Richards refused to comply and instead continued to head through the Walmart and Lowes parking lots.”

According to the Walmart employee, Mr. Richards had said, “If you want me to put down the knife, you’re going to have to shoot me,” Chief Magnus said.

Officer Remington and another officer warned the man not to enter the Lowes, Chief Magnus said. “When Mr. Richards failed to stop, Officer Remington fired nine rounds, striking him in the back and side.”

Brick P. Stortz III, a lawyer who had recently represented Mr. Richards in criminal matters, including a charge of transporting illegal immigrants, said his client had a lengthy rap sheet dating to when he was a teenager that included being charged and convicted of attempted first-degree murder.

Mr. Stortz described his former client as having many physical problems that caused him to be in a wheelchair, including a hip replacement operation and “some infection problems.” He said the shooting of Mr. Richards was “horrifying and over the top.”

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