TUCSON, Arizona — A former Tucson police officer accused of fatally taking pictures a person in a motorized wheelchair final yr has been charged with manslaughter, authorities mentioned Thursday.
Pima County Lawyer Laura Conover introduced the cost towards Ryan Remington on Thursday. The Tucson Police Division fired Remington on Nov. 30, 2021 — the day after the taking pictures occurred.
Remington’s lawyer Mike Storie mentioned his consumer was wanting ahead to an unbiased jury contemplating the case.
that former Tucson police Officer Ryan Remington might be charged with manslaughter after taking pictures a person in a motorized wheelchair 9 instances in November 2021, at a Lowe’s in Tucson.
The deadly taking pictures occurred at a Lowe’s parking zone on Nov. 29, 2021, Tucson police mentioned. Remington was responding to a shoplifting name at a close-by Walmart, the place he was working off-duty as a safety guard.
An worker instructed police that after they requested the shoplifting suspect, recognized by authorities as Richard Lee Richards, to point out a receipt for the toolbox he was suspected of taking, he pulled out a knife and instructed the worker, “Right here’s your receipt.”
Richards then traveled to a Lowe’s retailer throughout the parking zone in his motorized wheelchair, police mentioned. Tucson police launched physique digital camera footage displaying Remington following Richards throughout the parking zone as he referred to as for backup, saying Richards “pulled a knife on me.”
Officer Stephanie Taylor responded to the scene as effectively. After each officers instructed Richards to not enter the Lowe’s, Remington fired his gun 9 instances into Richards’ again and aspect, inflicting Richards to instantly fall from his chair, surveillance video reveals. He was pronounced useless on the scene.
“It has been a protracted and troublesome previous 9 months for Mr. Richards’s household, however they’re relieved that former Officer Ryan Remington has been indicted and can face the prospect of justice for the taking pictures and killing of Mr. Richards,” Rick Resch, an lawyer representing Richards’ household, mentioned in an announcement.
John Bradley, one other lawyer representing Richards’ household, mentioned the household will proceed with a civil rights lawsuit towards Remington within the coming weeks.
At a Thursday information convention, Conover mentioned Remington would seem in court docket subsequent week.
Conover mentioned the County Lawyer’s Workplace wished to take the correct time to determine to cost Remington with manslaughter, saying the workplace did it “proper and never rushed.”
“We took the time we wanted to get it proper,” Conover mentioned.
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Contributing: The Related Press