Tucson, AZ – The Tucson police officer who fatally shot a convicted felon after the suspect pulled a knife on him while trying to enter a Lowe’s store in a motorized scooter has been fired.
Tucson Police Department (TPD) Officer Ryan Remington, a five-year law enforcement veteran, was officially fired effective Wednesday, the agency confirmed to KOLD.
He has 10 days to appeal the decision.
“Because of legally required due process, no additional information may be provided until the appeal process and any subsequent proceedings have been completed,” the TPD added.
The Pima County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the investigation to determine whether or not the now-former officer will face criminal charges in connection with the Nov. 29 death of 61-year-old Richard Richards, KOLD reported.
Officer Remington, who was working an off-duty job as a security officer for Walmart, followed after the suspect and asked to see his receipt, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus told reporters shortly after the shooting.
Walmart security cameras as well as the body cam, showed Officer Remington as he followed Richards across the parking lot, calmly radioing for additional units.
Tucson Police Officer Stephanie Taylor arrived at the scene just as the armed suspect began heading into the garden center of a Lowe’s store located near the Walmart.
The suspect ignored them and was about to cross the threshold of the building when Officer Remington opened fire 9 Times , striking him multiple times.
The suspect died from his wounds at the scene, KOLD reported.
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