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Armed suspect flees police

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated May 22, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Lebanon police captured a man accused of firing a shot and pointing a gun at someone Tuesday.

Chief Scott Bowen said officers initially responded to a call of an armed man on South Greenwood Street Tuesday afternoon.

Bowen said police believe Jose Martinez Hernandez, 41, of Lebanon, fired a shot into the air and pointed a gun at someone’s head before ditching the gun and fleeing from the home when he saw police arriving.

“Upon approaching the residence, the first responding officer ordered Hernandez to stop, but he refused and continued to run,” Bowen said. 

Bowen said they learned from witnesses that Hernandez continued running west on Leeville Pike.

“Officers immediately set up a perimeter and canvassed the area looking for the suspect,” Bowen said. “Officers quickly located Hernandez hiding behind a fence at the back of a residence on East Sunset.”

No one was injured in the incident, Bowen said.

According to Bowen, officers later found the gun hidden in the area.

Hernandez was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He was booked into the Wilson County Jail shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday and held on $12,000 bond.

A court date is set for June 3.

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