Wilson County deputy injured after suspect reportedly shot at him during a pursuit

Deputy expected to be okay, suspect taken into custody
Wilson Co. deputy shot during pursuit
Wilson Co. deputy shot during pursuit
Wilson Co. deputy shot during pursuit
Posted at 1:30 AM, Nov 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-23 10:34:55-05

LEBANON, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Wilson County deputy was injured when a suspect reportedly began shooting at him during a pursuit late Tuesday night.

According to Capt. Scott Moore with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, this began around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. Smith County Sheriff's Office notified Wilson County that a suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Billy Randel Bennett was involved in a domestic dispute and had fled the scene, leading deputies on a pursuit on I-40 west.

Speeds were in excess of 100 miles per hour, Moore said.

Wilson County deputies joined the pursuit once the suspect entered the county on I-40. Bennett ultimately exited the interstate and began firing his gun at deputies, Moore explained. A deputy was shot in the lower part of his leg and taken to the hospital. The deputy is expected to be okay.

“The injured deputy is expected to make a full recovery after receiving medical treatment from a gunshot wound to his lower leg,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “While deputies continued to pursue the suspect on foot, we rendered aid to the injured deputy by applying a tourniquet above the wound to prevent further loss of blood. Thankfully, we were able to take Bennett into custody without further incident.”

Shortly after the gunfire, Moore said Bennett was located on the top of a garage on Eastover Road, near Locust Grove Road. Bennett reportedly began firing his gun randomly. Moore said deputies were eventually able to talk to the suspect and take him into custody without further incident.

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