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Kidnapper shoots and injures Arkansas cop after snatching a 14-year-old girl

Kidnapper shoots and injures Arkansas cop after snatching a 14-year-old girl – before the child flees when he shoots himself dead

  • Police confronted the driver of an SUV that was connected to an abduction case
  • The driver fired at officers as he exited the vehicle, before fleeing the scene
  • He was later identified as William Robert Ice, 38, was found injured in his car
  • A girl, named as 14-year-old Savanah Childress, fled and was later found safe

An Arkansas police officer was shot and injured at a McDonald’s on Saturday as he confronted a kidnapper who had snatched a 14-year-old girl from North Carolina. 

The abductor, William Robert Ice, fired multiple times at officer Cody Carpenter before fleeing the scene and later being found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Carpenter, the injured cop, was airlifted to hospital but is said to be ‘in good spirits given the circumstances’ and is expected to make a full recovery. 

The girl, named as 14-year-old Savannah Childress who went missing from Denton, North Carolina, over a week ago, was found safe.  

William Robert Ice, 38, of Jackson Center, Pennsylvania, shot an Arkansas police officer when he was confronted after his SUV was recognised as being linked to a child abduction case. He was later found in his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

The gunfire broke out after Ice’s SUV was found at the fast-food restaurant around 8pm on Saturday in Lonoke, about 27 miles from Little Rock. 

Ice, of Jackson Center, Pennsylvania, initially complied with orders to step out of the vehicle, but then aimed a gun and began shooting at the officers. 

Carpenter was hit, while his colleague Brandon Ray, who was uninjured, returned fire as Ice got back in his vehicle and fled the scene. 

Ray is on administrative leave pending an investigation, but Lonoke officials said they expect him to make ‘an honorable return to duty’ once the inquiry is complete. 

An Arkansas State Trooper later spotted the SUV and pursued it until the vehicle became disabled in a snowbank. The 14-year-old girl fled from the vehicle and was recovered safely by a state trooper.

Inside the SUV, a trooper found Ice critically injured from what preliminarily appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ice later died at a Little Rock hospital.

The amber alert for Childress was cancelled at around midnight on Sunday, and the Aware Foundation – which focuses on missing and endangered people – later confirmed that she was safe.

Ice was also wanted by Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities in connection with other child predator cases, according to Arkansas State Police. 

In addition to the kidnapping, he was wanted for charges of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old in Pennsylvania, Mahoning County Human Trafficking Task Force said, according to The Dispatch.

14-year-old Savannah Childress (pictured) who went missing from Denton over a week ago, was found safe after she fled from Ice's car

14-year-old Savannah Childress (pictured) who went missing from Denton over a week ago, was found safe after she fled from Ice’s car

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office also said that Ice had been communicating with young girls in Alamance County.

Arkansas State Police, working with sheriff’s deputies in Davidson County, North Carolina, and with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation determined the girl had been kidnapped.

As of Sunday afternoon, the wounded officer was said to be in a stable condition, with Childress set to return home that day.

She had been missing since February 11, having last been seen by her father at around 7 a.m. when she left their Denton home.

At 8.35 a.m., she logged off her virtual classroom, and her parents reported her missing when she didn’t show up to pick her younger sibling up from the bus stop.

Detectives found Childressm had been communicating with Ice online and that their messages had been explicit.

They said that the suspect utilized practises that are commonly used by sexual predators. Ice took Childress from her home on February 11, detectives said. 

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