A broken window is boarded up at Carthage City Hall after a man broke into the building and assaulted a Carthage Police Officer overnight.

At the request of the District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, TBI Agents responded to an incident at Carthage City Hall during the night in which a police officer was assaulted.

Early reports indicate that a Smith County deputy and a Carthage police officer responded to a report of a break-in attempt at Carthage City Hall. Reports indicate that as officers encountered the male subject, he assaulted the Carthage officer with a knife.

The subject has been identified as Ralph Overstreet of Carthage, Tennessee.

The assaulted officer was transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville to be treated for a non-life-threatening injury. The officer is home recovering now, according to Carthage Police Chief Britt Davis.

Overstreet is currently being held at the Smith County Jail.

Ralph Edward Overstreet

More information will be provided by the TBI as it becomes available. Stay tuned to Smith County Insider for the latest updates.