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Mattoon Murder Suspect Shot in Arkansas
A Mattoon murder suspect is dead following a fiery exchange with a police officer just outside Little Rock, Ark. That's where a cop shot and killed suspect Thomas Ray O'Dell, the man wanted for allegedly killing and robbing a part-time bartender in Mattoon.
Benjamin Newton's family said they are relieved no one else was killed, but it won't bring their son back.
As for what happened Tuesday night, Arkansas state police said officers responded to a burglary call around 11 p.m. at a local drugstore. Once they got to the scene, they IDed Thomas O'Dell, who, according to police, fired at them. Officers fired back, killing O'Dell.
O'Dell had been on the run since March 18. That's when customers of a Mattoon bar found Newton shot dead.
We talked to Mattoon police today. Officers there have been working around the clock since the murder. They said they are relieved the public is no longer in danger.