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TPOA Attorney: Officer tried to deescalate situation at Lowe's

Posted: 10:46 PM, Dec 01, 2021
Updated: 2021-12-02 10:35:58-05
TPOA Attorney Mike Storie

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The attorney for the Tucson Police Officers Association said that Tucson Police Officer Ryan Remmington didn't have anything other than the taser and firearm as 61-year-old Richard Richards neared the entrance of the Lowe's.

"At some point the officer has to say, I can't let him in in this store," Tucson Police Officer's Association attorney Mike Storie said.

Storie said that the officer tried to deescalate the situation as they moved from the Walmart parking lot to the front of the Lowe's.

"This officer was trying to use the least amount of force as possible," Storie said.

The attorney said that throughout the walk, Richards was not responsive to his verbal commands.

"He literally was saying things like this is not going to end well," Storie said. "You people have taken everything from me in my life and the only way you're going to get this knife out of my hands is to shoot me."

When Richards reached the front of the Lowe's Officer Remmington shot and killed Richards. Storie said that Remmington couldn't be sure that Richards was immobile.

"So how does he know this guy can't jump out of this scooter and all the sudden charge somebody with this knife. He has no information that this is possible," Storie said.

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