LONOKE, AR – According to a press release from the Arkansas State Police, a Lonoke Police officer was shot while confronting a kidnapping suspect – with the suspect later found to have suffered what “appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
The incident that unfolded on February 20th was in relation to the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl who was said to have been abducted in North Carolina and had been missing since February 11th.
At approximately 8:00 p.m. on February 20th, two Lonoke Police officers that were working patrol duties had spotted a Dodge SUV that was parked at a McDonald’s near Interstate 40, which the vehicle matched the description of the one reportedly used in the North Carolina abduction case.
According to a release from the Lonoke Police Department, the two officers that spotted the vehicle were Officer Cody Carpenter and Officer Brandon Ray.
In the release from the LPD, the following was noted about the incident that occurred when the officers attempted to make contact with the suspect – later identified as 38-year-old William Robert Ice:
“Lonoke Police Officer Cody Carpenter was the first officer on scene and was immediately fired upon after attempting contact with the suspected kidnapper. Backup officer, Brandon Ray, immediately returned fire and the suspect fled the scene in his vehicle.”
— Cassandra Webb (@cassandrawebbtv) February 22, 2021
Officer Carpenter was said to have suffered numerous gunshot wounds from the incident, while Officer Ray was reportedly uninjured. The report from the LPD noted that Officer Carpenter was airlifted to a local hospital and is expected to fully recover.
It was after Ice reportedly fled from the McDonald’s parking lot that an Arkansas State Police trooper had gotten involved, after the trooper had heard over the radio that an officer was down and the suspect fled the scene.
From what the Arkansas State Police press release noted, the trooper had pursued Ice’s vehicle along Highway 31 and onto Raprich Road – where the vehicle eventually came to a stop in a snowbank.
It was at this time that the missing girl had exited the vehicle and the trooper noticed that the suspect had apparently shot himself:
“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.”
The suspect was said to have been rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. While the ASP suspects the gunshot wound may have been self-inflicted, an autopsy will be conducted to officially determine the cause of death.
Outside of the kidnapping case, the ASP press release noted that Ice was also wanted in Pennsylvania, “in connection with other child predator cases,” but no other details were shared as to what those cases specifically involved.
According to the LPD, the 14-year-old girl has been safely returned to her home in Denton, North Carolina.
Officer Carpenter had reportedly joined the LPD back in January of 2021.
In concurrence with his work with the LPD, Officer Carpenter is also said to be a volunteer fireman with the Lonoke Fire Department and a National Guardsman at Camp Robinson.
Officer Ray has reportedly been placed on administrative leave, as is protocol when any officer employs lethal force in the course of their duties.
LPD officials say that Officer Ray, “is expected to make an honorable return to duty as soon as the Arkansas State Police have concluded their investigation into the shooting.”
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In other recent news relating to officers wounded in the line of duty, two Dallas Police officers were non-fatally shot during a domestic incident that occurred earlier in February.
Here’s that previous report.
DALLAS, TX – Two Dallas Police officers are reportedly recovering after having been shot when responding to a domestic violence call on February 18th.
The incident in question also resulted in a deceased male suspect and one deceased female, which officials believe to have been a murder-suicide.
UPDATE: @DallasPD says their two officers who were shot this morning are in stable condition at a local hospital. It's an active scene, and people are asked to avoid the area as police work to secure the scene https://t.co/kPfclJHiUN
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) February 18, 2021
The series of events started when two Dallas Police officers responded to a residence located on Bonita Avenue, near the Central Expressway and Henderson Avenue, at approximately 11:00 a.m. on February 18th.
According to Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia, the responding officers were met with immediate gunfire upon arrival at the residence – resulting in both of the officers getting shot in the legs:
“The officers were struck, went down. As other officers arrived they were extracted from the scene and transported here to Baylor. They’ve suffered non-life threatening injuries and are expected to recover.”
— Eddie Garcia (@DPDChiefGarcia) February 18, 2021
After additional units and SWAT arrived on the scene of the shooting, authorities say that police had discovered two deceased individuals inside of the home that had suffered apparent gunshot wounds.
Officials believe that it was a murder-suicide, with the male suspect shooting the female victim and then himself.
Authorities have neither identified the deceased or officers injured by name.
A Ring camera positioned outside of a home nearby the scene captured footage of one of the injured officers being tended to by some of the additional officers that arrived on the scene.
The owner of the home that captured that footage, Jason McCoy, said that his wife was at the home during the incident and had called him in a state of panic when the situation was ongoing:
“She looked out front to see what was going on and saw police officers in our drive way with their guns drawn, and she called me in a panic to ask what she should do.”
“Right about the time I answered the phone, I heard gunfire in the background.”
McCoy stated that he didn’t personally know the man and woman who lived at the home where the incident took place, but mentioned that his wife had once had an interaction with one of them that lived there:
“I don’t know who she spoke to over there, but she said they were nice and fine.”
One resident, Danny Campbell, who lives down the street from where the incident occurred, recalled the moment when he realized something was wrong in his neighborhood:
“I see this police car in behind me, and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ They said, ‘Get inside.’ I just started filming and then I learned what was happening.”
The entire debacle lasted for roughly three hours before police had happened upon the deceased suspect and female inside of the home, according to Chief Garcia.
As for the unidentified male suspect, Chief Garcia stated that he held a relatively lengthy criminal history that dates as far back as 1981. The unnamed suspect was said to have previous convictions of sexually assaulting women – with one victim having been a 15-year-old girl.
— Dee G (@DeeGran99202660) February 18, 2021
Chief Garcia took to Twitter to extend accolades to the local fire department for responding to the scene quickly to render aid to the injured officers:
“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the outstanding effort and split second decision of Dallas Fire Rescue, for providing cover to our wounded as they were extracted. Now THAT is true teamwork. Appreciate you!”
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the outstanding effort and split second decision of Dallas Fire Rescue @DallasFireRes_q , for providing cover to our wounded as they were extracted. Now THAT is true teamwork. Appreciate you!
— Eddie Garcia (@DPDChiefGarcia) February 18, 2021
Police officials say that none of the responding officers fired any shots during the incident.
This is a developing story.
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