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Jul 23, 2013 1:49 PM by Associated Press

Teen Murder Suspect Shoots Officer Serving Arrest Warrant

SAGINAW, Texas (AP) - Authorities say gunfire erupted at a North Texas home when officers investigating the killing of a 6-year-old girl were met by an armed man.

FBI spokeswoman Katherine Chaumont says the officers executing a search warrant at the Saginaw home Tuesday morning "were engaged by the suspect at the door." Chaumont says the gunman shot an officer. Other officers returned fire, striking the suspect.

Authorities are investigating the death of Alanna Gallagher, whose bound and naked body was found July 1 wrapped in a tarp and dumped on a Saginaw residential street. Saginaw lies about 10 miles north of Fort Worth.

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 house in Saginaw, just north of Fort Worth, is two doors down from the home of Alanna Gallagher, whose lifeless body was discovered July 1 by a couple of teenage boys. Authorities have offered a $10,000 reward for information into Alanna's death.

Police were also 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.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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