Explosive device found in vehicle outside Murfreesboro convenience store

Posted at 5:09 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 19:17:03-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — An explosive device was found inside a car parked at a convenience store in Murfreesboro Sunday morning. Police said the driver was found unresponsive from a possible overdose.

While first responders treated the driver, identified as 46-year-old Christian Benson, officers saw what is believed to be an improvised explosive device, drugs and a digital scale.

The convenience store located in the 2000 block of S. Church Street was temporarily closed after the device was found.

Benson was taken to a local hospital for treatment before he was arrested for possession of prohibited weapons (explosive), felony possession of Scheduled II and simple possession of Schedule VI.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team took the device for further testing.