NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Authorities say an FBI agent was wounded and a suspect was killed when gunfire broke out at a Louisiana motel where a kidnapped 9-year-old girl from Texas was found safe.
The agent, whose name was not released, was hit in the leg. The FBI said his wound was not life-threatening.
Police in Benbrook, Texas, the victim's home city, said the suspect, 24-year-old Jessie Nicholas Williams, was killed.
The FBI would not confirm the death.
The gunfire erupted Tuesday afternoon at a Days Inn in Bossier City, Louisiana. Agents from the Shreveport FBI office were there looking for the girl, who was the subject of an Amber Alert.
Benbrook is about 220 miles west of Bossier City, near Fort Worth, Texas.
Police in Benbrook, just south of Fort Worth, issued an Amber Alert Tuesday morning for a 9-year-old girl who was last seen Friday afternoon. Authorities believe that the girl and the man suspected of taking her could be headed to Central Texas.
Caitlyn Elizabeth Williams is described as 4-feet-4 inches tall, weighing 95 pounds. She has brown, wavy hair to the middle of her back. She was last wearing a yellow T-shirt with a Benbrook Field Day logo, jeans, and pink and black tennis shoes. She was also riding a pink, purple and white bike.
Authorities are also looking for Jessie Nicholas Williams, the girl's uncle, in connection with her disappearance.
He was last seen twice in Benbrook on Saturday with the missing girl, at a hotel and at a beauty salon. The 24-year-old man's SUV was taken to the police station early Tuesday morning.