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Man shot by Edmond police officer said he wanted to die

Ricky Allen Elder, 28, was shot in the stomach by an Edmond police officer. He was armed with a plastic gun and told officers he wanted to die, police said.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: March 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm •  Published: March 14, 2012

— A man shot in the stomach by Edmond police was armed with a plastic gun and told officers he wanted to die, officials said Wednesday.

Ricky Allen Elder, 28, of Edmond, called 911 to report shots being fired before the incident Tuesday on the north side of Bryant Square shopping mall, Second Street and Bryant Avenue.

“The call came from his landline at his apartment to get officers to respond to the area because he wanted to die and wanted to commit suicide by cop,” police spokeswoman Glynda Chu said. “He did not have a real gun, but a plastic gun that looked like a real Colt 1911 revolver.”

Elder was shot once by Sgt. Tony Fike, a 28-year member of the police force.

Fike is on routine administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed.

Elder underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon. He remained in critical condition Wednesday at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, police said.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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