Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

April 3, 2013

Mattoon murder suspect killed in police shooting

BRYANT, Ark. — A Bryant, Ark., police officer fatally shot a man wanted for robbery and homicide that occurred at a bar in Mattoon.

Arkansas State Police say Bryant officers were responding to a burglary call at a drug store late Tuesday when they encountered a man in a fenced-in area. State police say the man and a Bryant officer exchanged gunfire.

Bryant police identified the suspect as 41-year-old Thomas O'Dell, who was pronounced dead at Saline Memorial Hospital. The officer was treated and released from a hospital for his injuries.

Bryant is about 20 miles southwest of Little Rock

O'Dell was a suspect in the March 18 shooting death of Benjamin Newton at Toasters Bar.  Authorities say he was also suspected in two vehicle thefts in Missouri.

Text Only
Local News
AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.