Man Accused Of Shooting Deputy Pleads Not Guilty

Posted at 2:35 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 15:35:40-04

The man accused of shooting a deputy in Simpson County, Kentucky has entered a not guilty plea.

Authorities confirmed Ben Wyatt III entered the plea Thursday morning.

Wyatt was appointed a public defender, and the case was bound over to the grand jury.

A preliminary hearing in the case was waived.

Officials with Kentucky State Police said Deputy Eddie Lawson was serving an arrest warrant to Wyatt at a home in the 100 block of Cherry Street on March 10.

When Lawson got to the home, Wyatt was outside the residence in the driveway. Deputy Lawson recognized Wyatt and told him that he was under arrest.

That's when Wyatt immediately began firing at Lawson. He was hit twice: once in the pelvis and once in the right knee.

The deputy returned fire hitting Wyatt one time in the left arm.

Lawson was transported to Skyline Medical Center by ground on Interstate 65 where he was receiving treatment.

Wyatt fled the scene on foot running about three blocks where he hid in a field. He was later located and arrested by KSP units without incident.

Wyatt was taken to The Medical Center at Franklin. He was then released from the hospital and booked in jail. Wyatt was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, among other charges.