Saginaw teen told police he wouldn’t talk to them

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A 17-year-old teen accused of sexually assaulting and suffocating 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher also faces an attempted capital murder charge for allegedly shooting an Arlington officer who was attempting to arrest him Tuesday.

Investigators obtained the new warrant for Tyler Lane Holder on Wednesday.

According to the warrant affidavit, obtained by the Star-Telegram, three investigators — including two who had previously interviewed Holder — went to the teen’s house Tuesday morning. The teen and his mother live at 649 Babbling Brook, just two houses down from where 6-year-old Alanna lived with her family.

FBI special agent Andy Farrell had knocked on the teen’s door and announced “police” while Arlington police Detective Charles Lodatto and Saginaw Detective Robert Richardson stood nearby.

“Agent Farrell asked to speak with Holder about the investigation, at which time Holder stated that he was not going to speak with the investigators,” the affidavit states. “Agent Farrell then told Holder that an arrest warrants had been issued and that Holder was under arrest.”

Holder then reached behind him and pulled out a handgun. Farrell grabbed the teen in attempt to gain control and a struggle ensued, the affidavit states.

“Agent Farrell was able to push Holder into the residence while struggling to gain control of Holder’s firearm,” the affidavit states. “Holder fired the weapon, resulting in Det. Lodatto being struck in the groin area.”

Richardson, the Saginaw detective, then fired his weapon, striking Holder in the head, the affidavit states.

Both Lodatto and Holder remained hospitalized Wednesday.

John Peter Smith Hospital officials say they are prohibited from releasing Holder’s condition because he is in police custody.

Lodatto was in good condition Wednesday, said an Arlington police spokeswoman.

The bullet tore through Lodatto’s femoral artery, lodging in his hip. Officials have said the detective could have bled to death in minutes had someone not applied a tourniquet at the scene.

Lodatto is assigned to the Safe Street FBI Task Force, one of several groups investigating the death of Alanna, whose partially nude body was found on a residential street less than mile from her house on July 1.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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