Simpson County deputy shot; suspect charged with attempted murder

Ben J. Wyatt
Ben J. Wyatt

A Simpson County man was charged with attempted murder of a police officer after a shootout with a Simpson County deputy.

Ben J. Wyatt III, 28, of Franklin was charged about 9:15 p.m. Thursday after being discharged from a hospital and was taken to the Simpson County jail, according to information released by Kentucky State Police Friday morning.

Wyatt is accused of shooting Deputy Eddie Lawson when he tried to arrestWyatt on warrants for failure to appear in court on separate charges of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), menacing and terroristic threatening, police said.

As Lawson approached Wyatt about 4:45 p.m. outside a house on Cherry Street, Lawson was shot in the pelvis and right knee, police said. Wyatt had a handgun. Lawson returned fire, and Wyatt was shot in his left arm. He then ran about three blocks and hid in a field.

Lawson was able to call for help, and state troopers arrived to help arrest Wyatt , trooper Jeff Gregory said Thursday.

Lawson was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, where he was in stable condition, Gregory said.

Wyatt was taken to The Medical Center at Franklin and then transferred to The Medical Center at Bowling Green, according to state police. He then was released to police.