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Two Arrested in Bryant Burglary Attempt That Led to Police Officer's Shooting

Police say Alexander woman and Benton man planned a store burglary with an Illinois fugitive that was shot dead by police.
Police booking photo ot Dolly Burnett, 38, of Alexander. Photo Courtesy: Bryant Police Department.
Police booking photo ot Dolly Burnett, 38, of Alexander. Photo Courtesy: Bryant Police Department.
Police booking photo of Lonnie Ridling, 24, of Benton. Photo Courtesy: Bryant Police Department.
Police booking photo of Lonnie Ridling, 24, of Benton. Photo Courtesy: Bryant Police Department.
Thomas O'Dell, 41, shot to death during burglary attempt turned shootout with police in Bryant. Officer Scott Johnson was shot in hand and shoulder in the incident. He was treated at the hospital and released.
Thomas O'Dell, 41, shot to death during burglary attempt turned shootout with police in Bryant. Officer Scott Johnson was shot in hand and shoulder in the incident. He was treated at the hospital and released.
BRYANT, AR - Two people are under arrest after the Bryant Police Department ties them to a burglary-turned-shooting that left an officer wounded and a fugitive from Illinois dead.

Dolly Burnett, 38, of Alexander and Lonnie Ridling, 24, of Benton each face a string of charges.

Bryant Police Officer Scott Johnson was shot twice in the hand and once in the shoulder when he tried to stop Thomas O'Dell outside the Fred's store on Highway 5 Tuesday night.

It was later learned that O'Dell was wanted for murder in Illinois.

Officer Johnson was treated and released but O'Dell died after being taken to the hospital.

Bryant Police say a follow up investigation by its detectives and the Arkansas State Police discovered that Burnett and Ridling met O’Dell several days before the incident after the fugitive's vehicle ran out of gas on I-30.

Police say days later they planned the commercial burglary at the Fred’s store. On the night of April 2, while driving a truck O'Dell had stolen in Missouri, Burnett and Ridling dropped him off at the Fred’s store.

Burnett is charged with theft of property and she and Ridling both are charged with theft by receiving, commercial burglary and obstruction of government operations.

Burnett and Ridling appeared in court today and were both ordered held without bond. Since O'Dell died in the incident, they could also face a capital murder charge, say police.
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