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.
WCSO Deputy Chandler Rowe will be okay after he was shot during a pursuit. He was attempting to stop a vehicle on Old Pinewood Road and Daugherty-Capley Road for expired tags. The driver, identified as Samuel Bennett, 35, of Franklin, TN was taken into custody. Dash cam video: pic.twitter.com/62Z4pFJ5dr
— Alexandra Koehn (@NC5_AKoehn) February 3, 2022
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,
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.