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Lonoke police officer shot; abduction suspect dies in pursuit

by Ashton Eley | February 21, 2021 at 2:14 p.m.
Police lights are shown in this file photo.

A suspect in a child abduction case died after a police pursuit in Lonoke that began with a Saturday night shootout in which a police officer was wounded, according to an Arkansas State Police news release.

William Robert Ice, 38, of Jackson Center, Pa., later died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Sunday news release. Ice was a fugitive wanted in at least two states, including by Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities in connection with other child predator cases.

Two Lonoke officers on patrol just after 8 p.m. Saturday spotted a Dodge sport utility vehicle parked at McDonald's, 1834 Arkansas 31 North, about a quarter-mile north of Interstate 40 in Lonoke, according to the release. The vehicle looked like the one sought in a North Carolina child abduction case.

The officers exited their patrol car and approached the vehicle, which had two people inside. The officers ordered the driver to get out, and the driver complied, but then shot one of the officers, according to the news release.

The second, uninjured officer returned fire as the driver fled.

A state police trooper in the area heard the reports of an officer down, and then spotted the car leaving the parking lot. The trooper pursued it through Lonoke, south along Arkansas 31, and onto Raprich Road, where the SUV became disabled in a snowbank, according to the news release.

A 14-year-old female passenger fled from the vehicle. Law enforcement identified the girl as the abducted child in the case, according to the news release. She was to be returned to North Carolina later Sunday.

Inside the SUV, the trooper found Ice critically injured from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according the news release. Ice died at a Little Rock hospital earlier Sunday. His body has been sent to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for autopsy.

The wounded Lonoke officer is reported to be in stable condition at a Little Rock hospital. The identities of the officers involved were not released.

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