LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A US policeman shot and killed a wheelchair-bound shoplifter, hitting him 9 occasions within the again and aspect as he rolled away from the officer, media reported on Wednesday (Dec 1).
The taking pictures is the newest in a rustic the place regulation enforcement readily resorts to lethal drive when confronting felony suspects.
Police in Tucson, Arizona stated off-duty officer Ryan Remington was working as a safety guard in a retail space when 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards was believed to have stolen a toolbox from a Walmart.
Footage launched by the division reveals Remington a few metres behind Richards, asking him to cease.
When Richards continues to maneuver his motorised wheelchair away, Remington opens fireplace with 9 bullets, hitting the suspected shoplifter within the again and the aspect.
Tucson police chief Chris Magnus stated Remington had been referred to as to assist by a Walmart worker.
“In line with the worker, he caught up with Mr Richards outdoors as he fled the shop and requested to see a receipt for the toolbox,” CNN quoted Magnus as saying.
“As a substitute of offering the receipt, Mr Richards brandished a knife and stated, ‘Here is your receipt.'”
Magnus instructed a press convention he was “deeply disturbed” by his officer’s actions.
“His use of lethal drive on this incident is a transparent violation of division coverage and instantly contradicts a number of facets of our use of drive and coaching.
“Because of this, the division moved earlier at the moment to terminate Officer Remington.”
CNN quoted an lawyer for Remington saying the video didn’t inform the entire story of Monday’s taking pictures.
Michael Storie stated Remington “tried to de-escalate the state of affairs” however Richards’ actions left him “no selection however to make use of lethal drive.”
There isn’t a official nationwide report of deadly shootings by US law enforcement officials, and reporting of incidents by police departments is voluntary.
A tally by the Washington Submit printed on Wednesday reveals greater than 900 individuals have been shot and killed by police within the final yr.