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September 30, 2013

Childs bound over for trial

ENID, Okla. — The owner of an Enid strip club was bound over Monday on amended charges accusing him of shooting at Enid Police Department officers in early July.

Rick Andrews Childs, 46, originally was charged July 11 with six counts of shooting with intent to kill, with each count punishable by up to life imprisonment.

Following a preliminary hearing Monday, Special District Judge Brian Lovell partially upheld a demur by Childs’ attorney, binding Childs over for trial on six amended counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Childs was arrested July 7 after Enid Police Department officers responded to a call at about 4 a.m. concerning an abandoned motorcycle in the 1300 block of North Garland on the roadway.

The motorcycle checked back to Childs, owner of Wild Childs Gentlemen’s Club.

While officers were impounding the motorcycle and waiting for a wrecker service, officers heard several shots fired, with one of the shots going directly over one officer’s head. As officers retreated to their patrol vehicles for cover, they heard two additional shots.

The department’s SWAT team was called to the scene and conducted a search, finding Childs lying in the grass with a brown leather gun holster — but with no gun.

Childs told officers he’d taken a 10-mg prescription sleep aid, but could not remember anything else.

Officers recovered two spent .45-caliber shell casings, a Springfield Armory XD 45 APC handgun and an XD .45-caliber magazine. It later was confirmed using a serial number for the gun that it was registered to Childs.

Childs is accused of shooting a firearm at Enid Police Department Sgt. Nick John and officers Donald Sanders, Robert Fleer, Jonathan Sullens, Kyle Pierce and Sean Dyer, each of whom testified during Monday’s hearing.

Fleer testified he wasn’t sure he was being shot at, until he heard additional shots.

“I was not 100 percent sure what was going on,” Fleer said. “I’m not 100 percent sure it was shot at me.”

He explained the circumstances of the call were unusual and other officers said they believed the shots could have been fireworks because it was a few days after the Fourth of July.

Officers Dyer and Pierce both said they hear the shots near them, but could not offer a definitive area where they came from.

Pierce described the conditions at the golf course as “completely dark” and officers had difficulty seeing very far.

John testified with the first two shots fired he was more concerned someone may be hurting themselves. He said he was shot at as officers approached an area of rough on the course.

“As we approached the rough, that’s when the shot went off,” he said. “I heard the shot and ricochet and felt the pressure change above my head.”

John, like other officers, testified Childs had a “far-off”  or “spaced look” after he was taken into custody.

Childs’ attorney David Henneke asked John if any of the officers at the scene announced they were police.

John said the officers used “light discipline” and anyone on the golf course knew they were police officers. He also said officers did not want to yell out and give away their positions if someone was shooting at them.

Childs will appear at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 before District Judge Paul Woodward for district court arraignment.

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