Little Rock, AR – A Lonoke Police Officer was shot and critically wounded Saturday after confronting a kidnapping suspect.
Authorities say the shooting occurred when two police officers on patrol saw a Dodge SUV in a McDonalds parking lot that they recognized as a vehicle used in connection with a North Carolina child abduction case.
In the North Carolina case, a girl was taken from her home by a man reportedly driving a Dodge SUV on February 11. Arrest warrants were filed for a man identified as 38-year-old William Robert Ice.
Officers approached the suspect vehicle and saw two occupants inside. The officers ordered the driver to exit the vehicle and he initially complied. As Ice exited the vehicle, he pulled a gun and began shooting at police, critically injuring a police officer.
The partner officer returned fire and Ice re-entered the vehicle and fled the location.
After the officer down radio broadcast was made, an Arkansas State Trooper spotted the suspect vehicle leaving the McDonalds. The trooper initiated a pursuit of the suspect to Raprich Road and Arkansas Highway 31, where the vehicle became disabled in a snowbank.
Police say a 14-year-old girl fled from the passenger side and was secured by an officer. Troopers found Ice critically injured inside the SUV, from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police identified Officer Cody Carpenter as the officer shot, he is reported to be in stable condition.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office identified the 14-year-old missing girl as Savannah Grace Childress.
Authorities say the teen was communicating with Ice on multiple platforms online.
Ice was transported to a local hospital where he died.
We wish a speedy recovery to Officer Cody Carpenter.
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