The Tucson officer was officially fired after the internal investigation into the fatal shooting was completed

Ryan Remington

Ryan Remington

A Tucson police officer was officially fired Wednesday after the department completed its internal investigation of the Nov. 29 shooting that killed 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards, the Tucson Police Department said in a news release.

Richards was suspected of shoplifting that day when Officer Ryan Remington fired his gun nine times at Richards’ back and side. Richards, who was sitting in a motorized wheelchair with his face away from police, died on the spot.

The department the day after began the process of firing Remington. He was officially fired on Wednesday, more than a month later, and a day back for his five-year anniversary in the department.

According to the press release, Remington could appeal the department’s decision within 10 days, but it is unclear if he would. Remington’s lawyer, Mike Storie, was not immediately available for comment.

The Pima County Attorney’s Office reviewed the fatal shooting for possible charges against the officer.

It is rare for an officer to be fired or accused of using force against anyone.

What we know about the shooting

A Walmart employee shortly after noon. 18 on Nov. 29 reported that Richards was suspected of stealing a toolbox, officials said earlier. Remington, who works without a job as a security guard at Walmart, responded.

When asked to show a receipt, Richards, according to the employee, pulled out a knife and said, “Here is your receipt.” Richards, in his motorized wheelchair, headed toward Lowe’s store across the parking lot near Valencia Road and Oak Tree Drive in southern Tucson, officials said.

Remington followed Richards around the parking lot and can be seen on video where he called for backup because Richards “pulled a knife at me.”

Officer Stephanie Taylor responded and arrived at the scene as Remington approached Richards near Lowe’s entrance.

Footage from her body-worn camera shows her running out of her vehicle towards Richards.

“You must stop,” someone is heard saying, and then, “He has his knife in the other hand.”

As Remington says, “Do not go to the store, sir,” Taylor also draws his gun.

“Stop now. You must–” she begins to say, but is interrupted by Remington, who fires his gun.

Republic Reporter Julie Luchetta contributed to this report.

Reach the reporter at chelsea.curtis@arizonarepublic.com or follow her on Twitter @curtis_chels.

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This article originally appeared in Arizona Republic: Tucson officer Ryan Remington fired after fatal shooting investigation

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