Simpson County, Ky. Detective Sgt. Shot serving Warrant suspect arrested

Help came in waves to assist Simpson County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Eddie Lawson

On Thursday March 10, 2016 Detective Sgt. Eddie Lawson was shot twice while attempting to serve a warrant stemming from a domestic dispute on Ben J. Wyatt III, 28, of Franklin. 

When The Sgt. attempted to make the arrest Wyatt opened fire on the Sgt. striking him in the pelvis and femur. Sgt. Lawson returned fire on Wyatt and struck him in the upper left arm then radioed in his situation as Wyatt fled on foot.

Help raced in from several agencies in every direction. Officers set up a perimeter and found Wyatt about three blocks from the site where the shooting took place. He was taken into custody and transported to a local area hospital for treatment of his wounds and charged with attempted murder and fourth-degree assault ( for the domestic violence), menacing and third-degree terroristic threatening.

Sgt. Lawson was rushed to another medical facility with much more life threatening wounds having been hit in the femur. Interstate roadways were shut down as a formation of Patrol cars and Department of Transportation vehicles blocked traffic at on ramps to ensure less vehicles on the road for quicker travel.

TDOT incident manager Emerson Boguskie told WKRN “This had to be quick. In these situations, they don’t fool around they move on down the road,” “you can equate this to something like a presidential visit or something”

TDOT photo of highway being cleared for Sgt. Sgt. Eddie Lawson (Credit TDOT)

The Simpson Co Ky Sheriff’s Office posted that Sgt. Lawson is recovering:

As many of you already know Detective Sergeant Eddie Lawson was shot while attempting to serve a warrant. He is now is stable condition. Detective Lawson’s femur was shattered from one of the gunshot wounds and will have to be rebuilt. He is in surgery as we speak. Detective Lawson wanted to express his appreciation for your thoughts and prayers. I also want to say thank you to our law enforcement and emergency response family for the fine job that everyone did responding to our officer down and wanted armed fugitive. I am humbled to be part of such a great community and on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office Thank You

Sgt. Eddie Lawson

Sgt. Simpson has to undergo reconstructive surgery for his leg now. A fund has been set up in his name through GoFundMe and can be found here:


GoFundme Det. Sgt. Eddie Lawson

On March 10, 2016 Detective Sgt. Eddie Lawson was attempting to arrest a subject with outstanding warrants.  After arriving on scene and confronting the suspect and positively identifying him he advised him that he was under arrest.  The subject resisted arrest and in the course of resisting produced a handgun at which time an armed confrontation and exchange of gunfire occured between the perpetrator and Detective  Sgt. Lawson.  Sgt. Lawson was wounded in the confrontation as well as the perpetrator.  The perpetrator was apprehended without further incident approximately one hour after the shooting.

This account has been set up by the Simpson County Sheriff’s Office to help cover living expenses for Detective Sgt. Lawson during his road to recovery.  Anyone wishing to express gratitude or sympathy is asked to donate to this account.

We ask that you please keep Detective Sgt. Eddie Lawson and his family in your thoughts and prayers.



Sources: The Daily News: News Channel 5: WBKO: WKRN:


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