79-year-old man shoots apartment manager during inspection, then sets fire, Arkansas cops say

A 79-year-old man shot two employees at an Arkansas apartment complex, killing one, then set his unit on fire, police told media.

Police received a call about a shooting in Sheridan Heights Estates around 2:54 p.m. on July 10, the Sheridan Police Department said in a news release.

Two employees, the apartment manager and a maintenance worker, entered the suspect’s apartment for a routine inspection, police told KARK.

During the inspection, the man opened fire, killing the manager, the station reported. The worker was also shot but managed to escape, and was found injured in a stairwell by police as they arrived at the scene.

As officers approached the unit, they smelled a strong odor coming from inside, police told KTHV. Then there was an explosion and the unit caught fire.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, police entered and arrested the suspect, the outlet reported. The body of the apartment manager, identified as Katharyn Barraclough Linker, was found inside, according to the station.

The suspect, Ryan Hodges, has been charged with first-degree murder, as well as first-degree assault and battery and arson, police told the outlet.

Sheridan is about 35 miles south of Little Rock.

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