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The police officer who shot a man in a wheelchair 9 times in the back has just been charged

Former officer Ryan Remington, 32, is accused of recklessly causing the death of Richard Lee Richards, 61, in the Nov. 30 shooting.

Former officer Ryan Remington, 32, is accused of recklessly causing the death of Richard Lee Richards, 61, in the Nov. 30 shooting in Tucson. Tucson Police Department photo

The off-duty Tucson police officer who fatally shot a wheelchair-bound man nine times in the back faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter, a grand jury has decided.

Former officer Ryan Remington, 32, is accused of recklessly causing the death of Richard Lee Richards, 61, according to Pima County District Attorney Laura Conover, who said there will be an arraignment this week.

“It now appears that this case will go to trial and we will do everything we can to ensure that it is a fair trial,” Conover said during a press conference on thursday. “My office, despite considerable pressure to rush to judgment, took careful, calculated and thorough steps to reach this decision. We took the time to get it right.”

On November 30, Remington, who was off duty working security at Walmart, was following Richards after he allegedly stole a toolbox. Richards, who was on a motorized scooter, allegedly showed a knife to Walmart employees who tried to confront him.

SCREENSHOT OF SURVEILLANCE VIDEO RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC BY POLICE

SCREENSHOT OF SURVEILLANCE VIDEO RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC BY POLICE

“If you want me to put the knife down, you’ll have to shoot me,” Richards allegedly told Remington as Remington followed him into the parking lot. When police officers on duty arrived, Richards attempted to enter the nearby Lowe’s store. disturbing body camera footage released by police last December shows Remington shot Richards nine times in the back just as arriving officers ordered him to stop.

Remington could be seen on security footage handcuffing Richards as he collapsed from his chair and bled to death. Police tried to render assistance, but Richards was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting.

Remington was fired from his job with the Tucson Police Department earlier this year following an internal investigation.

Remington’s legal representative, Tucson Police Officers Association attorney Michael Storie, previously argued that his client had tried numerous times to de-escalate the situation, and was left with no choice but to use force when Richards went into another store. He also said that Remington fired so many shots as a result of training him.

Story did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but said local NBC affiliate KVOA that the charges against his client are “legal fiction.”

“Manslaughter doesn’t even fit,” Storie told the television station. “I’ll be very, very interested in reading the grand jury transcript and what happened in that room where I wasn’t present.”

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