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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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Related Line of Duty Deaths

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 just was able to read my deceased mother's homicide report. My mother was raped and murdered in 1988. In reading her report, I saw that Detective Childers truly enjoyed his job. He stayed with my mom during the medical examining and really took his time to streamline every evidence that he could find, every witness he could find and talk to, everything to find the killer of my mother. My mother's body was found dead behind a lounge in 1988. I was a few months shy of turning 13 years old. Every minute and every day, I think of my mom. After reading the report, I sought out to find who Detective Childers was because I wanted to personally thank him. But unfortunately, I found out that he was one of two detectives that were killed by that jerk.
So, I really want to say Thank you to his family in his name. THANK YOU.

Daughter of a homocide case Childers commpleted
May 21, 2017


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