Police Officer Injured And Suspect Dead In Gunfire Exchange

Apr 3, 2013

A suspect is dead and a Bryant Officer is suffering from non-life-threatening injuries from a gunfire exchange Tuesday on Highway 5.

Officer Scott Johnson responded to a burglar alarm at the Fred’s Store around 11 p.m.

He was checking the fenced area when he saw the suspect with a hand gun.

He ordered the suspect to put the gun down but the suspect shot at Officer Johnson.

Sergeant Todd Crowson with Bryant Police Department says this case is significant and pretty rare.

“I’m just thankful that there weren’t any employees still there at that time of night and we just want to thank everyone that came out and help, all the other surrounding agencies and the Bryant Fire Department… We appreciate it very much,” said Sergeant Crowson.   

“We get alarm calls all the time here and officers go and check out whether it’s a resident’s or business. A lot of them you think it’s just a routine but it shows last night that you never know... Nothing is ever really just a routine, and this case really is proving that.”

Suspect Thomas O’Dell was wanted in Illinois for aggravated robbery and first-degree murder.

The Bryant Police Department and the Arkansas State Police are still investigating the incident.