Suspect shoots officer investigating girl's death

(AP) Suspect shoots officer investigating girl's death
By ANGELA K. BROWN
Associated Press
SAGINAW, Texas
A law enforcement officer was shot when gunfire erupted as a taskforce served arrest and search warrants in an investigation into the killing of a 6-year-old girl whose naked, bound body was found wrapped in a tarp on a residential North Texas street, police said.

The officer was one of at least five who went to the home in Saginaw, just outside Fort Worth. FBI spokeswoman Katherine Chaumont (shuh-MONT) said once the officers knocked, they were confronted by an armed suspect who fired on them. One of the officers returned fire, striking the suspect, she said.

Authorities have not released the identities or conditions for the wounded officer and the suspect.

A spokesman with MedStar Emergency Medical Services in Fort Worth, which transported the two to the hospital, said one was shot in the groin and the other was shot in the head. Matt Zavadsky also had no information on their conditions or identities.

The officers, part of a major crimes task force that includes the FBI, were investigating the death of Alanna Gallagher, whose body was found July 1 on a Saginaw street by two teenage boys.

The house where the shooting occurred is two doors down from the home where Alanna lived with her family. Authorities have offered a $10,000 reward for information into her death.

Nearby streets were blocked Tuesday by yellow police tape and patrol vehicles. The tape was extended to light poles where purple ribbons had been tied shortly after the girl's body was found.

Purple ribbons and bows _ placed in memory of a girl whose favorite color was purple _ can be seen on mailboxes, trees and elsewhere in the area.

"It's been really heart-breaking for the neighborhood," resident Lisa Arnold said of the girl's death.

Other neighbors expressed concern for the safety of their children in the weeks following the killing, particularly since an arrest had not been made.

Police also are trying to determine who set fire to a makeshift memorial for Alanna and also torched a car owned by the girl's family that was parked in their driveway. The damage was discovered Friday.

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