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Detective Ricky Joe Childers | Tampa Police Department, Florida Tampa Police Department, Florida


Ricky Joe Childers

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Detective Ricky Childers and Detective Randy Bell were shot and killed transporting a suspect to the police station for questioning.

The suspect had earlier shot his girlfriend's 3-year-old child in the face with a rifle and took the child to a fire station. As Detective Bell and Detective Childers were transporting the suspect, he was able to free one of his hands from the handcuffs using a hidden key.

He then reached into the front seat and gained control of one of the detectives' weapons. He shot and killed the driver as he sat in the front seat and the passenger as he was climbing over the back seat in an attempt to get the gun from the suspect. The suspect then obtained his rifle from the trunk of the car and car-jacked another vehicle. He led police on a chase in which he shot and killed Florida State Trooper James B. Crooks.

The suspect committed suicide after a standoff at a local gas station.

Detective Childers had served with the agency for 18 years. He is survived by his two children.

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Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks
Florida Highway Patrol, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998
Cause: Gunfire

Detective Randy Scott Bell
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End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998
Cause: Gunfire

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I worked with Rick Childers on the Selective Enforcement Unit in the early 1980's. When I got to SEU he trained me. He made things clear, would always be there no matter what happened, and when I went to make a Case, he watched me like a hawk. You could have no better back up. Many times I did not see him, but when the Bust went down he was there to help effect the arrest. It was very dangerous work, made safer with his professionalism. He was the kind of guy that you want to be a Police Officer.

Officer Mitchell Henderson
Tampa Police Department, Co-Worker
March 25, 2017


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