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Lebanon man nabbed with guns, fake badge

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Cpl. Rusty Johnson of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, the arresting officer, said in his report that he responded to a report of shots being fired at Shady Acres Campground on Murfreesboro Road. While checking the area, he said he heard a shot being fired from behind his location, checked the area and then received a number of calls that the suspect was reportedly shooting from the area of 1616 Murfreesboro Road and Leanna Lane. 

Once Cpl. Johnson and Sgt. Curtis made contact with the suspect at 101 Leanna Lane, they discovered he had barricaded himself behind some chairs and was using a weapon that had a laser on it to hold the officers at bay. The officers tried to talk the suspect off the porch where he was located, but he did not respond to their commands.

Johnson, the suspect, then jumped off the side of the porch and began crawling toward the road. The officers again advised him to drop his weapon, and he was finally detained.

The suspect told the officers that someone was chasing him and shooting at him and that was why he was allegedly shooting in a reckless manner. He told the officers to look in the trees because that was where the suspects shooting at him were located.

Cpl. Johnson and Curtis used spotlights to check the area and did not find anyone.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the Wilson County Jail where he was booked.

While his residence at 1639 Murfreesboro Road, Lot 8, was searched, officers reportedly found a number of weapons in plain sight, ready to be fired, the report said. They also found a badge that looked like a police department badge that was later determined to be a carry permit badge.

The suspect’s bond was set at $30,000 each for the two counts of aggravated assault, $30,000 each for the two counts of aggravated domestic assault and $25,000 for the 10 counts of reckless endangerment.

After posting bond, the suspect then traveled to Hopkinsville, Ky. and was at a Starbucks coffee shop and said he needed the police because someone was chasing him and had put a bomb inside his vehicle because Wilson County authorities did nothing about whoever was chasing him earlier.

Cpl. Johnson said he spoke with a sergeant at the Hopkinsville Police Department and told him what had occurred here regarding the suspect and that neither he nor Sgt. Curtis ever found anyone around the suspect’s home or in the area.

The suspect was taken by Hopkinsville Police to one of the hospitals there on Saturday night for a mental evaluation. The suspect is to appear in court in Wilson County on April 12 regarding the local charges.

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