• Dennis McCaslin

Wanted fugitive dead, one officer in stable condition after shoot out in Lonoke County

A Lonoke police officer was shot and wounded and a fugitive wanted in two states has died of a self inflicted gunshot wound after an incident Saturday night in Lonoke County in east-central Arkansas.

The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division is leading the investigation as it relates to the shoot out at 1834 Arkansas Highway 31 in Lonoke and a second crime scene south of Lonoke.

At approximately 8 p.m. (Saturday, February 20, 2021) 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.

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.

William Robert Ice

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.

The second Lonoke officer, who was uninjured, returned gunfire as Ice re-entered the vehicle and fled.

An Arkansas State Trooper already in the area heard police radio communications reporting an officer down and spotted the suspect vehicle leaving the McDonald’s parking lot. The trooper pursued the vehicle through Lonoke, south along Arkansas Highway 31, and onto Raprich Road, where it became disabled in a snowbank.

A 14-year-old female passenger, Savanna Childress of Denton, North Carolina, fled from the vehicle and was secured by a state trooper.


Childress had been the subject of a nationwide BOLO after her abduction on February 11.

Inside the SUV, the trooper found Ice critically injured from what preliminarily appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Working with sheriff’s deputies in Davidson County, North Carolina and Special Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division were able to identify the 14-year-old passenger as the victim in a child abduction case.

Ice, who died at a Little Rock hospital earlier today, was also wanted by Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities in connection with other child predator cases. His body has been submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death.

The wounded Lonoke police officer is reported to be in stable condition at a Little Rock hospital.

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