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Year in Review: Senseless shooting shakes community

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The shooting death of 13-year-old Insatiable C'Asia Patton shook Wilson County in January 2015, as the community struggled to understand the senseless crime.

Patton, a seventh grader at Winfree Bryant Middle School in Lebanon, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, as a result of injuries from a Monday, Jan. 5 shooting into the home of her grandmother, Minnie McReynolds.

According to reports, multiple rounds were fired after 10 p.m. that night from outside of the residents - one of which came through the window and struck Patton while she was sleeping. Patton was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville in critical condition. She was later taken off life support.

McReynolds held a press conference in her home on Friday, Jan. 9, during which she described her granddaughter's love of fashion and said she dreamed of working in the field of pediatrics.

"It is going to be hard because I will always miss her... But she will always be in my heart," McReynolds said, before speaking about her faith. "I give it to the Lord. He can do what none of us can do."

Nearly two weeks later, authorities made an arrest in connection with the drive-by shooting. U.S. Marshals arrested Joseph C. Hendry II at a hotel in Brentwood.

Hendry, 20, appeared before Judge Brody Kane on July 27. He pleaded not guilty on multiple charges, including criminal homicide.

Hendry's trial was set for May 16-20, 2016 by Judge Kane.

Shooting at Don Fox Park

What began as a beautiful fall day ended in tragedy after an apparent murder-suicide at Lebanon's Don Fox Park on Oct. 6.

According to officials, an elderly couple was in the park, seated on the swing - when at some point the husband shot the wife before turning the gun on himself. The incident happened before 10 a.m.

The identity of the victims was not released out of respect for the family, but Lebanon Police confirmed the female died at the scene. The male victim was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he later died.

Beloved local dentist dies

In another unfortunate situation, Lebanon dentist Dr. Stan Brady was found dead after a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sept. 23 in a location near the Lebanon Airport.

Hundreds of friends, family, coworkers and patients showed an outpouring of love for the family immediately after the incident. He left behind his wife and two children.

Justice named Interim Lebanon Police Chief

It was announced on Tuesday, Dec. 8 that Public Safety Director Mike Justice would assume the role of interim Lebanon Police Chief. The former interim Police Chief was Michael VanHook, who served since December 2014.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, who appointed VanHook interim after the termination of former Chief of Police Scott Bowen, said that Justice would "steer the ship" while applications continued to come in for the position.

Justice, also a Wilson County Commissioner, has almost 25 years of experience in law enforcement and emergency services.

Armed robbery suspect arrested

The male suspect who robbed a Lebanon convenience store on Wednesday, Dec. 9 was taken into custody the following afternoon.

Lebanon Police Capt. Koy Lafferty identified the suspect as Stavon R. Riley, 29, of Nashville.

LPD received a call on Wednesday night that a suspect wearing a mask entered the Shell Station at 1324 West Main Street in Lebanon and robbed the clerk around 9:30 p.m. The suspect was carrying a handgun, which was discharged at some point during the robbery.

He next ran to the Peking Restaurant location, also on West Main, where he stole a vehicle. Two subjects were in the vehicle when he demanded they exit it. The suspect shot the male victim, who was a juvenile.

The victim was treated for his injuries.

Ash: I don't want out guys to be outgunned

Ward 4 Lebanon City Council Member Bernie Ash brought an ordinance forth during a December 2015 meeting to authorize the purchase of 50 patrol carbines for the Lebanon Police Department.

Ash said he realized the need for better arming officers after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif. on Dec. 2 - which left 14 people dead and 22 more seriously injured.

"I was watching those police officers on TV and they were showing up with handguns," he said. "Talking to our police officers here - they don't have assault weapons either."

The ordinance was unanimously approved by council.

"I don't want our guys to be outgunned," Ash added. "I don't want to put them in a situation where they are being fired at with assault rifles and all they have are pistols."

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