Teen ‘wanted for killing girl, 6, who was found dead under a tarp is shot in the head after opening fire on officer serving his arrest warrant‘
- Tyler Holder, 17, wanted in connection with the death of Alanna Gallagher
- Officer shot in the groin and remains in critical condition
- Holder was shot by another officer and his injury is life-threatening
- Alanna’s partially-naked body was found under a tarp in the street July 1
- Holder lives just two houses from the Gallagher family
By Lydia Warren Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 23 July 2013
A 17-year-old suspected of killing six-year-old girl who was found dead under a tarp in the street has been shot in the head after opening fire on officers serving his arrest warrant.
One officer was hit in the groin when Tyler Holder allegedly pulled out a gun from his waistband and opened fire outside his home in Saginaw, Texas on Tuesday morning.
Holder is wanted in connection with the death of six-year-old Alanna Gallagher, who vanished as she played outside her home on July 1. Her partially-naked body was found hours later under a tarp.
Suspect: Tyler Holder, 17, has been shot in the head after opening fire on an officer who was serving his arrest warrant. He is suspected of killing six-year-old Alanna Gallagher (right) who was found dead July 1
Authorities have not named Holder, but he was identified by local media, including NBC-DFW.
The teenager lives with his mother at the home on Babbling Brook Drive but was alone when five or more officers arrived at his home.
He came to the front door with a gun in his waistband, pulled it out and opened fire at the officers, a law enforcement source told NBC.
The injured officer, who has not been identified, remains in critical condition. He was part of the Arlington Police Department on assignment with the FBI task force investigating the murder.
‘We ask that everyone has prayers for the officer at this time,’ Saginaw Officer Damon Ing said.
Ing said the teenager, a student at North Hills Private School in Irving, is the main suspect in little Alanna’s murder.
She lived there with her siblings, their parents Laura and Karl Gallagher, and a second male, Miles McDaniel, who was in a polyamorous relationship with her parents.
Police have said that the Gallaghers and McDaniel were home while Alanna played outside alone. They are not sure when she was abducted from the neighborhood.
The girl’s body was found about 7.30pmby 14-year-old Owen Whiddon, who was riding his scooter through his neighborhood in Saginaw – about a mile and a half from where the girl lived.
She was found tied up, half-naked and with a bag over her head. Her father did not report her missing for another two hours after she was found.
Since her death, her family said they have continued to be targeted. Last week, a memorial set up for the little girl outside her home was set on fire along with the family’s sedan.
‘It has been the worst month of my life,’ Alanna’s mother, Laura, told reporters afterwards.
‘Father and daughter’: Miles McDaniel, pictured, is named on Alanna’s obituary as one of her parents
Neighbors said the inquisitive girl with ‘curly brown hair and a constant smile’ loved to play alone outside in her front yard – but was cautious to always tell strangers they had to keep away.
‘She seemed smarter than the average (child her age), just because of the questions she’d always ask,’ neighbor John Janus told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
‘And her parents are nice and very, very smart people. They like books. The last time I was in their home, the front room looked like a library.’
Last week, investigators probing her death seized more than 100 items from the family’s home and cars, but said none of the three parents are prime suspects.
Unthinkable: Laura Gallagher stands over charred remnants of her car after it was set on fire last week
Saginaw Police Chief Roger Macon added that officers were not judging the parents’ polyamorous relationship.
‘The Gallagher/McDaniel family considers Miles as a parent, and we are being considerate of their lifestyle; it’s not our place to offer judgment on them,’ Macon said.
‘As with any criminal investigation, each of the people closest to the victim is being considered, and their actions investigated.’
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