LONOKE, Ark. (KAIT) - Both federal and state authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Lonoke County and its possible connection to a child abduction case in North Carolina.
According to a tweet from the Arkansas State Police, the FBI, along with state and local authorities are investigating the case.
On Sunday evening, the Lonoke Police Department released the names of the officers involved in the shooting.
In a Facebook post, the department said Cody Carpenter arrived on the scene to investigate.
Carpenter was shot and wounded Saturday evening on Highway 31 in Lonoke. ASP also said they are investigating a second crime scene south of Lonoke where a fugitive wanted in at least two states was wounded and later died.
“At approximately 8 PM, two Lonoke police officers on patrol duty recognized a Dodge sport utility vehicle parked at the McDonald’s restaurant near Interstate 40. It appeared to be a vehicle used in connection with a North Carolina child abduction case,” ASP said in the media release.
“The officers exited their patrol car and approached the suspect vehicle. The officers could see two people inside the SUV and ordered the driver to get out of the vehicle. The driver, later identified as William Robert Ice, 38, of Jackson Center, Pennsylvania, complied with the orders, but as he exited, aimed a gun at one of the officers and began shooting, critically wounding the officer,” ASP said.
According to the Facebook post, backup officer Brandon Ray returned fire and Ice left the scene in his vehicle.
The chase then ended south of Lonoke, where Ice was apprehended.
An ASP trooper heard the report about the situation and saw the vehicle leaving a nearby McDonald’s parking lot.
The trooper followed the vehicle on Highway 31 to Raprich Road, when the vehicle got stuck in a snowbank.
“A 14-year-old female passenger fled from the vehicle and was secured by a state trooper. Inside the SUV, the trooper found Ice critically injured from what preliminarily appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” ASP said.
“Officer Carpenter suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was airlifted to a local hospital for emergency medical care,” the Facebook post added. “He is expected to make a full recovery and is in good spirits given the circumstances.”
Officer Ray was placed on administrative leave.
Officials also worked with the Davidson County, NC Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to help identify the 14-year-old, ASP said.
Authorities spoke on the incident Monday to Charlotte affiliate WSOC and said the victim helped them during the investigation.
“She filled in a lot of blanks for us. Gave us a better understanding of how things went. But she’s definitely traumatized and has a long road ahead of her to recover from this.”
Lonoke Police Chief Matthew Edwards described the feeling he had to content partner KATV when he got the call and considered it a nightmare.
“It’s just like a, you’ve been stabbed in the gut,” Edwards said.
But once he talked to Carpenter, he felt immensely relieved.
“When I opened up that ambulance door and heard him talk, it was the sweetest thing I could ever hear. And then every time I talk to him since then, his voice, it’s tears of joy.”
According to the Lonoke Police Department, the teen has been safely returned to her family in North Carolina.
According to Gray TV content partner WBTV, the teen had been missing since Feb. 11, and an Amber Alert had been issued.
ASP said Ice died Sunday at a Little Rock hospital and had been wanted in Pennsylvania in connection with child predator cases. Content partner KARK said Sunday that Pennsylvania state police had been looking for Ice in connection with a sexual assault of a minor in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.