By Justin Story Bowling Green Daily News

A shots fired complaint Tuesday afternoon in Franklin prompted responses from two law enforcement agencies and resulted in five arrests and the Simpson County sheriff being treated for a dog bite.

The Franklin Police Department and the Simpson County Sheriff's Office responded around 2:27 p.m. Tuesday to a shots fired complaint at 516 E. Cedar St., Franklin.

Police determined that Michael Sweatt Jr., 46 and Willie Haynes Jr., 40, both of Franklin, were involved in a verbal altercation

Witnesses reported that Sweatt pulled out a handgun and fired at least three times at Haynes, who was not struck, according to Lt. Dale Adams, FPD spokesman.

A house across the street from the shooting was struck by a bullet.

Someone was inside the house at the time of the incident, but was not injured.

"An elderly man was inside the house," Adams said. "He was not even aware his house was struck."

Law enforcement surrounded the address where the shots originated and five people were placed in custody.

Simpson County Sheriff Jere Hopson and some deputies were on hand to secure the scene, Adams said.

One of the people detained was attempting to control a pit bull by its leash when it got loose and dragged her to the ground.

"The dog was trying to pull away from her and acting aggressive," Hopson said. "I recognized that this dog was probably going to cause problems."

Hopson said the animal broke loose as he asked the dog's owner if there was a place for her to put the dog.

The sheriff said he parried the animal's attacks with his left hand and tried to keep it from biting his leg, but he was knocked to the ground and bit on his left hand.

Hopson and Chief Deputy Steve Chappell were forced to shoot the dog, Adams said.

"(Hopson) was bit trying to defend himself," Adams said. "He was knocked to the ground before he was able to draw his gun, and he didn't have a choice at that point."

The sheriff was treated for the bite on his hand.

"I consider it a minor injury as long as it doesn't get infected or the dog doesn't have rabies," Hopson said.

Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for the E. Cedar Street house and found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Adams said.

Three shell casings were located in the front yard at 516 E. Cedar St., but police have been unable to locate the firearm used in the incident, Adams said.

Sweatt is charged with attempted murder, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gwendolyn Whitson, 36, of Franklin is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug parpahernalia.

She was also charged by Simpson County Animal Control with harboring a vicious animal.

Josh Escue, 26, Christopher Jones, 42 and Timothy Goostree, 37, all of Franklin, were charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.