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**UPDATE** : Indictment Returned In Case of Deputy Being Shot

Date of News Release: 04/14/2016

(Franklin, KY) - On Wednesday April 13, 2016 the case involving the officer involved shooting where Ben Wyatt opened fire upon Simpson County Deputy Eddie Lawson on March 10, 2016 that occurred in the limits of Franklin that resulted in both subjects being shot, along with the circumstances leading up to the incident, were presented to the Simpson County Grand Jury where they returned three Indictments on 28 year old Ben Wyatt charging him with the following offenses:

  • Murder-Police Officer (Attempted)
  • Assault 1st Degree-Police Officer
  • Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon
  • Persistent Felony Offender II (2 Counts)
  • Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon
  • Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) No Visible Injury
  • Menacing
  • Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree

On Thursday April 14, 2016 at approx 12:17 pm the Indictment warrant was served on Ben Wyatt at the Simpson County Detention Center by Master Trooper Terry Alexander.

Now that this case is pending trial in Simpson County Circuit Court, the Kentucky State Police will have no further public comment about the investigation. Any further inquiries for information should be directed to the Hart County Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

Original News Release Below:


Suspect Arrested in Officer Involved Shooting in Franklin That Resulted in Deputy and Suspect Being Shot in Simpson County

Date of News Release: 03/10/2016

(Franklin, KY) - On Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm Simpson County Deputy Sheriff Eddie Lawson responded to 104 Cherry Street in Franklin, Kentucky to attempt to serve a warrant on Ben J. Wyatt III (28 of Franklin). The warrants were for Assault 4th Degree (domestic violence), Menacing, and Terrorist Threatening 3rd Degree and Wyatt was suspected to be at that residence. Upon arrival, Deputy Lawson approached Wyatt, who was outside the residence in the driveway. Deputy Lawson recognized Wyatt and told him that he was under arrest. Wyatt immediately produced a handgun and began firing at Deputy Lawson striking him in the center of the pelvis and the right knee. Deputy Lawson returned fire striking Wyatt one time in the left upper arm. Wyatt fled the scene on foot running about three blocks where he hid in a field. At 1607 hours, Wyatt was located and arrested by KSP units without incident.

Deputy Lawson was transported by Simpson County EMS to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville where he is in stable condition.

Wyatt was transported by Simpson County EMS to the Medical Center in Franklin and has been transferred to the Medical Center in Bowling Green where he is in stable condition.

At approx. 9:11 pm Ben Wyatt was released from the Medical Center in Bowling Green where he was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder (Police Officer) in connection to the shooting of Simpson County Sheriff Deputy Eddie Lawson. He was lodged in the Simpson County Detention Center where he was also served with the initial bench warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence), Menacing, and Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree.