“The assessment of the entire video and the circumstances would support his position,” said Mr. Storie, acknowledging that he had not seen the full video material himself. “Just watched the cut-and-paste dog-and-pony show hosted by Chief Magnus.”
The encounter ended at a Lowes, but it started across the street at a Walmart, police said.
Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, a Walmart employee contacted Mr. Remington, who worked as a security guard at the store, and said a man in a motorized wheelchair had stolen a toolbox, Chief Magnus said.
The employee said he had asked Mr Richards for a receipt for the toolbox, the chief said. “Instead of giving a receipt,” Chief Magnus said, “Mr. Richards brandished a knife and said, “Here’s your receipt.” Agent Remington wanted Mr. Richards to stop and turn in his knife. Mr. Richards refused to comply and instead continued to drive through the Walmart and Lowes parking lots.”
According to the Walmart employee, Mr. Richards said, “If you want me to put the knife down, you’ll have to shoot me,” Chief Magnus said.
Officer Remington and another officer warned the man not to enter the Lowes, Chief Magnus said. “When Mr. Richards failed to stop, Officer Remington fired nine shots, hitting him from behind and from the side.”
Brick P. Stortz III, a lawyer who had recently represented Mr. Richards in criminal cases, including charges for transporting illegal immigrants, said his client had a lengthy rap sheet dating from his teenage years, which included more was indicted and convicted of attempted first degree murder.
Mr Stortz described his former client as having many physical problems that left him in a wheelchair, including hip replacement surgery and “some infection issues”. He said the shooting of Mr Richards was “gruesome and excessive”.