EDMOND — 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.
Police have answered calls involving Elder in the past, the most recent one just a week ago, Chu said.
“Officers dealt with him before for mental issues and alcohol abuse,” she said.
Elder is facing a complaint of pointing a gun at a police officer.
The shooting took place outside the Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Officer Rickey Ecker reported he heard Fike on the radio say the man had a gun and then call out, “shots fired, start medical,” a police report released Wednesday stated.
Ecker said they recovered a plastic gun that looked like a blued Colt 1911 handgun. The officer said he thought the gun was
Ecker reported that he asked Elder why he called 911 and Elder said, “Because I wanted to die.”