Arkansas police officer shot in confrontation with kidnapper of a 14-year-old girl
An Arkansas police officer shot while attempting to prevent the kidnapping of a 14-year-old North Carolina girl, police said. The suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
The confrontation between the cop and the suspect took place on Saturday near a McDonald’s restaurant. Two Lonoke, Arkansas, police officers spotted a vehicle connected to an abduction of a 14-year-old North Carolina girl.
The officers confronted a driver of the SUV parked at the McDonald’s, who exited the car and opened fire at the officers. One of the cops was wounded while the second cop returned gunfire. The suspect got back to the vehicle and attempted to evade.
The fleeing vehicle was spotted by an Arkansas State Trooper. The short chase ended when the SUV became disabled in a snowbank. The girl managed to escape the car and was secured by the state trooper.
The suspect then was found in the car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
38-year-old kidnapper William Robert Ice later died in the hospital. The girl was not injured.
The injured police officer was hospitalized in stable condition.
Ice was also wanted by Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities in connection with other child predator cases, according to Arkansas State Police.