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
Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree
On Thursday April 14, 2016, at approx 12:17 p.m. 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 Simpson County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 3:14 p.m. Simpson County Deputy Sheriff Eddie Lawson responded to 104 Cherry Street in Franklin, Ky. 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 4:07 p.m., 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 was listed in stable condition.
Wyatt was transported by Simpson County EMS to the Medical Center in Franklin and was then transferred to the Medical Center in Bowling Green where he was listed in stable condition.