Lt. Ed Worrell and Ptl. James "Butch" Clark responded to a burglary in progress at the Howard's Discount Center located on North Stateline Avenue during the early morning hours of February 3, 1977. As they exited their vehicles to check the building, 15-year-old John Lohbauer watched from a nearby bank parking lot and shot both officers with a high powered rifle. Two of Lohbauer's companions were arrested inside the business.
Lt. Ed Worrell died as a result of gunshot wounds an hour later at Saint Michael Hospital.
Ptl. Clark eventually recovered from his wounds. He now is a sergeant with the Arkansas Highway Police.
Lohbauer was arrested a short time later and is currently serving a life sentence in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.