A security guard who fired shots at two shoplifters in the parking lot of Oklahoma City's Penn Square Mall has been charged with Oklahoma firearm offenses as a result of the incident.
Timothy Kiddoo, 32, of Oklahoma City, was charged last week with unlawfully carrying a weapon and engaging in reckless conduct while possessing a firearm. Kiddoo, a police officer with the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was working as a loss prevention officer at Dillard's in Penn Square in October, when the incident occurred.
Though Kiddoo was carrying a gun on October 15 while working as a part-time security guard, he did not have an armed security guard license, which led to the Oklahoma gun charge of illegally carrying a firearm. The reckless conduct charge came after it was determined that Kiddoo fired at the suspected shoplifters after they were no longer a threat to him or bystanders. In the incident, Kiddoo claims that he suspected two women of stealing a watch from Dillard's, and he followed them into the Penn Square parking lot.
He alleges that when he attempted to confront the women, they drove off. The driver made eye contact with the security guard, Kiddoo maintains, before driving at him, striking his hand and driving recklessly through the parking lot. He states that he fired two shots at the vehicle of the fleeing women in an attempt to protect the safety of bystanders and mall patrons. Oklahoma gun laws provide strict regulations for the legal possession and carrying of firearms.
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon without a Concealed Carry License (CCL) and possessing a firearm on school property are but a few of the weapons violations with which an individual may be charged in Oklahoma. If you have been charged with a weapons violation, consult an Oklahoma gun crime defense attorney to explore your legal options.