Man in Wheelchair Shot Dead During Arrest
Cops say he reached for his gun, struggle ensued
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff | Suggested by AstroDude
Posted Aug 5, 2013 3:46 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A man in a wheelchair was fatally shot by a cop in Mesa, Arizona, as he and several officers struggled over a gun he was carrying, reports the Arizona Republic. Police say they stopped the man—later IDed as Chris Allan Chipman, 49, reports Fox 10—on the sidewalk, and intended to arrest him on an outstanding felony drug warrant. While waiting for a vehicle that could accommodate his wheelchair, the officers say they found and confiscated two knives from under the waistband of Chipman's pants. Then they spotted the gun holstered to his side.

Police say Chipman reached for the gun, at which point the cops began fighting with him for it, and one officer fired his own gun at the man. A civilian witness says an ambulance was called, but Chipman died at the scene. "To maybe the onlooker, they think, ‘Oh, there’s a guy in a wheelchair,’ but because, for one, you can tend to take their motives and things for granted or see them as handicapped, that doesn’t mean they can’t grab a weapon and fire a gun," says a police spokesperson. The three officers have been put on paid suspension while the shooting is investigated.

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CindyClark54
Aug 9, 2013 8:56 PM CDT
The news reports all left out one very important fact. The fact that Mr. Chip man only had one arm and one leg. That was why he was in a wheelchair.How much of a struggle could he have possibly given them? Why is it that none of the news reports said anything about that? Mr. Chip man was a decent man and my friend. He was a loving and devoted father. He became addicted to heroin when he couldn't get pain medicine from a doctor. He lost his arm and leg while riding his bike and was hit from behind by a drunk driver. I hope that people find out the truth and that the officer who shot him to death in cold blood is held accountable for his actions.
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Aug 6, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
I kinda imagine him slow-mo wheely roll backwards while blasting off two handguns at the cops.
InferiorToYou
Aug 6, 2013 6:42 AM CDT
He stood his ground (figuratively speaking of course)