Fleeing Smith County man now in custody after striking Wilson County deputy during gunfire

November 23, 2022
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[LEBANON, TN]- A Wilson County deputy sustained non-life-threatening injuries overnight resulting from a gunshot wound after a Smith County man led multi-agencies on a pursuit that ended on Locust Grove Road in Lebanon. Billy Randel Bennett (22), of Gordonsville, initially led Smith County authorities in a high-speed chase after fleeing from a domestic dispute involving a weapon. Deputies took over the pursuit as Bennett entered Wilson County at high rates of speed driving recklessly and with no headlights on.

Bennett eventually pulled over on Locust Grove Road from Eastover when he then exited his vehicle and began firing shots towards a deputy’s vehicle striking him in the lower leg. As deputies pursued Bennett on foot, the suspect then got on top of a garage while holding a handgun and firing shots into the air. Deputies were successful in getting Bennett to drop the firearm and come down from the garage where he was taken into custody without further incident.

“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.”

Bennett is being held in the Wilson County Jail with a total bond of $205,000 and is set to appear in court on January 10.

Press Release from WCSO