SAGINAW (July 24, 2013)—Investigators Wednesday returned to the neighborhood in Saginaw where a veteran police detective was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a teenager suspected in the death of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found wrapped in a tarp.
Authorities were removing items Wednesday from the teenager’s home.
Arlington police Detective Charles Lodatto remains in Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth after he was shot as officers served arrest and search warrants in Saginaw on the teenage suspect.
Lodatto underwent surgery after he was shot in the groin, Arlington police Chief Will Johnson said.
The shot severed Lodatto’s femoral artery and other officers and first responders saved the detective’s life by acting quickly to stop the bleeding, Dr. William Witham of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital said.
Another officer shot the suspect, who was identified in an arrest warrant affidavit as Tyler Holder, 17.
He was struck in the head.
Information about his condition wasn’t released Wednesday.
He was named in a warrant issued Wednesday charging attempted capital murder in connection with the shooting.
Lodatto is part of a major crimes task force that’s investigating the death of Alanna Gallagher, whom two teenage boys found on July 1, nude, bound, wrapped in a tarp and lying in a residential street in Saginaw.
Holder’s house, where the shooting occurred Tuesday, is two doors down from the girl’s home.
The girl was sexually assaulted and investigators collected DNA evidence that Holder’s DNA matched, the affidavit said.
The affidavit accuses Holder of suffocating the girl by placing plastic bags over her head and taping them around her neck.
Holder, who voluntarily provided a DNA sample, told neighbor’s that Alanna was the girl who was found dead before authorities publicly identified the victim, the affidavit said.