Ky. deputy shot 2 times while serving warrant; Man in custody

Ben Wyatt
Ben Wyatt (Courtesy: WBKO/Simpson County Sheriff's Office)

FRANKLIN, Ky. (WKRN) – A Simpson County deputy sheriff was shot while attempting to serve a warrant to a 28-year-old man Thursday afternoon.

Eddie Lawson (Courtesy: WBKO/Simpson County Sheriff's Office)
Eddie Lawson (Courtesy: WBKO/Simpson County Sheriff’s Office)

According to the sheriff’s office, the warrant was for Ben Wyatt III on charges of domestic assault, menacing, and terroristic threatening in the third degree.

Deputy Sheriff Eddie Lawson went to serve it at a home on Cherry Street, where officials suspected Wyatt to be.

Upon arrival, Lawson reportedly saw Wyatt in the driveway and approached, telling him he was under arrest.

Wyatt is accused of then pulling a weapon and immediately firing shots toward the officer, who was hit two times in his pelvis and right knee.

(Courtesy: WBKO)
(Courtesy: WBKO)

Deputy Lawson fired back, striking Wyatt once in his right arm before Wyatt ran away to a field about three blocks away.

Authorities said Wyatt was found just after 4 p.m. and arrested without incident. He was taken to a nearby hospital then transported to The Medical Center in Bowling Green.

The deputy was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. Both he and the suspect are in stable condition.

Wyatt was released from the hospital Thursday night around 9 p.m. and booked into the Simpson County Detention Center. He is charged with attempted murder of a police officer.


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