Mattoon murder suspect shot dead in Arkansas

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Decatur, Ill. -- Mattoon and Bryant, Arkansas police have confirmed Thomas Ray O'Dell, wanted for murder in Mattoon, is dead.

O'Dell was wanted for the murder of 33-year-old Benjamin Newton, a bartender at Toaster's Bar in Mattoon.

O'Dell was killed this morning by a Bryant Arkansas police officer after police found O'Dell allegedly robbing a drug store.

When police arrived on the scene, O'Dell shot at responding officers.

During the shoot-out, Bryant police shot and killed Thomas O'Dell.

We will continue to update the story as more information becomes available.

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