While Ashworth was on the phone with a dispatcher, Bowen said there was a gunshot and then Ashworth hung up on the 911 dispatcher. He said several units were sent to the address, and he contacted Byars-Dowdy Elementary School and Winfree-Bryant Middle School to place them under lock-down.
Bowen said the Hickory Ridge Road address backs up to the property where the new Lebanon High School is located, not far from Byars-Dowdy or Winfree-Bryant.
At that point in time, we didnt really know what we had, Bowen said, referring to the gunshot that was fired while Ashworth was on the phone.
He said Ashworth reportedly chased the suspect, identified at Candice D. Dies, 24, of 629 Hidden Hill Drive, Hermitage, into a tree line nearby. Authorities caught up with her there and she was taken into custody.
Bowen said Ashworth had fired a handgun into the ground to frighten Dies away from his home, and added police dont believe he was firing directly at Dies.
We believe she was entering his home while he wasnt there with the intention of stealing from him, Bowen said.
He added that Ashworth had been the victim of a burglary about a week prior, and Ashworth indicated Dies was a suspect in that burglary. Bowen said Dies was reportedly wearing a hooded shirt and that Ashworth did not identify her before she was arrested.
They did know each other, they were acquaintances, Bowen said.
Scott Benson, director of the Lebanon Special School District, said the LPD had the situation under control within 10 to 15 minutes. He said Bowen called and informed them of the situation quickly and both schools followed proper procedure.
Our number one concern was the safety of those children and getting the schools locked down, Bowen said.
Dies has been charged with Aggravated Criminal Trespassing and Evading Arrest. She is in custody at the Wilson County Jail on $5,000 bond.
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