Williamson County deputy shot while attempting traffic stop

Damaged fence from pursuit
Posted at 5:28 AM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-11 18:22:05-05

BON AQUA, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Williamson County deputy was shot early Thursday morning during a brief pursuit.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Chandler Rowe was attempting to stop a car on Old Pinewood Road for expired tags, but the driver did not stop. The driver, identified as 35-year-old Samuel Bennett, then allegedly fired three shots at the deputy, hitting his shoulder, before crashing.

The sheriff's office said the deputy is expected to be OK. The suspect was hurt in the crash, but details on his condition are not yet known.

Both Rowe and Bennett were taken to a hospital for treatment. The sheriff's office said Bennett will be booked into the Williamson County Jail after he's released from the hospital. Charges are pending at this time.

“Ain’t that something. That’s bad,” neighbor Leroy Tidwell said, "I reckon you’re at risk every time you leave the house."

Tidwell was relieved to know the deputy is OK.

"They’ll kill ya any time," Tidwell said, "That’s the most dangerous job there ever been ,and people think they’ve got it made. Their lives in their hands, they don’t know whether they’re going back home at night or not."

The suspect has a criminal history.

"From what I understand the guy that did it, he’s habitual, always in trouble," neighbor Scott McGeehee said,

Samuel Bennett
Samuel Bennett

McGeehee said he's lived here since 1979 and nothing like this has ever happened out in the country.

“It’s a pretty peaceful area out here,” McGeehee said.

The deputy did not fire his service weapon during the pursuit early Thursday morning. He's been with the sheriff's department for almost seven years and is also a K-9 handler.

How to help Rowe

The Tennessee Police Benevolent Association and the Police Benevolent Foundation have set up a recovery fund to assist Deputy Rowe and his family.

There's also an account set up at FirstBank. Checks can be made payable directly to Chandler Rowe. Deposits can be made at any of the FirstBank locations.

And, deposits can also be mailed direct to the following:


Attn: Clint McCain

4824 Main Street, Ste A

Spring Hill, TN 37174

If deposits are made in person, just let the tellers know the deposit will need to be put in Chandler Rowe’s checking account.