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Explosive components discovered during arrest

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After placing a 20-year-old Lebanon man into custody Wednesday night, Lebanon police discovered components of explosive devices and briefly shut down a section of South Maple Street near Cumberland University.

According to LPD Public Information Officer Sgt. PJ Hardy, shortly before 8 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle matching the description of a wanted person in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on July 2. The driver, Austin Goodman, was placed into custody for questioning. During a search of his vehicle, the explosive device components were discovered.

"Tennessee Highway Patrol's EOD (Bomb Squad) was requested to the scene and removed the components, which were confirmed to be explosive materials," Hardy said in a news release issued by the department.

Goodman was charged with aggravated assault in connection to the July 2 shooting as well as possession of a prohibited weapon for the explosive materials. He has several other charges pending, police said, as the investigation continues to bring new information.

"Chief Mike Justice would like to commend Sgt. Titus Kelley, Cpl. Jesse Scott and Officer Nathan Beatty for their professional and thorough handling of this situation," the LPD news release concluded. "These officers displayed keen awareness and attention to detail, which thwarted a potentially deadly situation to this community and fellow officers. In addition, he would like to thank THP's EOD for their rapid response and safe handling and removal of the explosive materials."

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