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For Immediate Release

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February 28, 2010 Supervisory Deputy Chris Riley
Southern District of Ohio - Cincinnati (513) 684-3594
Suspect in Off-Duty Police Office Shooting Arrested
Cincinnati, OH – In the early morning hours of 02/28/2010, Keenan Childs, 37 years old, was arrested by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST). Childs was wanted for the shooting of off- duty Cincinnati Police officer Thomas Owens. The shooting occurred at Tom’s Drive-thru in North College Hill around 9:00pm on Friday night. Officer Owens, who intervened during a disturbance in the store caused by Childs, was later ambushed in the parking lot as he was exiting the store by Childs. Officer Owens was shot in the abdomen and is in stable condition. Childs has a lengthy criminal history including convictions for Weapons under Disability, Drug Trafficking, and Drug Possession. Interim U.S. Marshal Cathy Jones stated, “Our law enforcement officers risk their lives everyday protecting those we serve. The charges against Childs highlight that risk. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Owens and his family”.

On 02/28/2010, SOFAST developed information that Childs was hiding out in the Sharonville area. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers located Childs at the Econo Lodge motel on Chester Road at Kemper Road in Sharonville. Childs was arrested without incident and transported to the Hamilton County Justice Center.

SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the U.S. Marshals, Cincinnati Police Department, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, Sharonville Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined. For more information, go to www.usmarshals.gov.