It was a case of one thing that led to another thing that led to another thing Friday night in an incident that began at the gate to the Wilson County Fairgrounds on Tennessee Boulevard and led to the arrest of six adults and some juveniles on various charges.
Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said an officer who was patrolling the gate area Friday night, the first night of the Wilson County Fair, reported hearing two gunshots in the area. The officer, identified as Tim Kelley, left the gate and walked toward Tennessee Boulevard where he saw several people run.
The officer called for backup. Kelley found the victim who had been shot at, but not hit, and another officer, Jeff Scott, responded to the area found a different group of individuals in the area as well.
Scott then began to question the second group and discovered two bags of what authorities believe was cocaine that was near the suspects on the ground.
Bowen said the K-9 officer was summoned and alerted on a car the group was standing near. Inside the vehicle, officers reportedly found marijuana.
These suspects, the police chief said, told officers that there were some suspicious people in a car across the street from where they were, and that these individuals went toward the vehicle after the shooting.
Officers went over to the vehicle. The suspects inside got out, and a gun was found in the open in the backseat. Bowen said two additional guns were found, one of them reported as stolen from Smith County.
The victim was interviewed, but the chief said he “was not very cooperative.”
Bowen said the case was one where “one thing led to another thing that led to another thing.”
The adults who were arrested on drug and weapons charges were James Dylan Craighead, Devin Olinger, Javonte Richardson, Cortavious Sydnor, Christopher Robinson and Shawn Jones. With the exception of Jones, all of them bonded out of the Wilson County Jail.
Jones remained in jail on Tuesday with a bond of $2,000 on a charge of unlawful carry and possession of a weapon. He is to appear in court on Sept. 9.
Bowen noted that some juveniles were involved as well, and authorities are working with juvenile services in the matter.
“This incident did not involve the Fair. It happened outside of the fairgrounds,” the police chief said, adding that is why officers are on hand at the event each year, in addition to helping with traffic control.
“The main goal,” he said, is to keep (problems) out of the fairgrounds.”
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