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US state of Arizona: Police officer kills alleged shoplifter in a wheelchair with nine shots

2021-12-01T22:18:05.255Z

A wheelchair user is said to have tried to steal a toolbox in a supermarket - and was apparently shot by a police officer while trying to escape. He was working as a private security guard during the incident.



In the US state of Arizona, a police officer is said to have killed a 61-year-old suspected shoplifter in a wheelchair with nine shots in the back.

Tucson City Police Chief Chris Magnus posted a video of the incident on Tuesday evening (local time) and said the officer would be released.

"His fatal use of force during this incident is a clear violation of the rules of our service," Magnus told journalists.

The police officer was not on duty on the evening of the crime, but worked as a security guard for a supermarket of the Walmart chain.

A supermarket employee informed him that a man in a powered wheelchair had just stolen a toolbox.

When the 61-year-old was asked to show a receipt for the purchase, he pulled out a knife, called "Here's your receipt!" And drove away.

Shot with nine bullets in the back

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The security guard asked the suspected shoplifter several times to stop and drop the knife.

This ignored the requests according to the information and went to a nearby hardware store.

The police officer then shot the wheelchair user nine bullets in the back.

The cop's attorney, Michael Storie, told the New York Times that his client was trying to get the situation under control.

The behavior of the alleged shoplifter, however, had "left him no other choice" than to use his weapon.

In the USA, fatal police operations repeatedly cause outrage, in many cases violence against members of minorities.

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Source: spiegel

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