DENTON — A Pennsylvania man who investigators say abducted a Davidson County teenager shot an Arkansas law enforcement officer before killing himself, police say.
William Ice, 38, had been communicating online with Savannah Grace Childress, 14, of Canaan Church Road, which is between Thomasville and Denton, as well as girls in Alamance County, before Savannah was reported missing on Feb. 11, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office said.
Ice’s red Dodge Durango was seen Saturday near a McDonald’s in Lonoke County, Arkansas, and about 8 p.m. two Lonoke Police Department officers approached it, saw two people inside and ordered the driver to get out, according to a press release from the Arkansas State Police. The driver, identified in the press release as Ice, got out of the SUV but then aimed at gun and fired at one of the officers, wounding him. The second officer returned fire as Ice got back in and drove off.
An Arkansas State trooper nearby saw the Durango leaving the McDonald’s parking lot and chased it until it ran off the road and became disabled in a snowbank. Savannah ran from the SUV and was grabbed by a state trooper, the press release said. When the trooper reached the SUV, he found Ice critically injured from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ice died at a Little Rock hospital Sunday.
Ice was also wanted by Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities in connection with other child predator cases, officials said.
The wounded Lonoke police officer is reported to be in stable condition at a Little Rock, Arkansas, hospital.