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Former Henderson County Sheriff Jailed

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

Jackson police are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting incident that reportedly involved a former Henderson County Sheriff Ricky Lunsford.

According to a news release, around 12:20 a.m., Jackson police received a call that a man had pulled a woman, at gunpoint, from a bar on Old Hickory Blvd.

Soon after, police said they received calls that shots had been fired on the parking lot of the business.

When officers arrived on the scene, they located the suspect and took him into custody. The woman was found uninjured.

The investigation has indicated that the woman and her
estranged husband, Ricky Lunsford, 52, of Jackson, were both inside
the bar but did not come together.

Police believe Lunsford approached his estranged wife, placed a gun to her body and forced her outside.

When they got outside, she reportedly ran from Lunsford and he subsequently fired multiple shots at her.

Investigators said she ducked between vehicles and was able to
avoid being hit. Four witnesses were on the parking lot and were in
the direction of the shots and at least three cars were struck by gunfire.

Officers said they recovered two handguns from Lunsford.

Lunsford has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, attempted
murder, aggravated domestic assault and four counts of reckless
endangerment with a deadly weapon.

He is currently being held at the Madison County Jail in lieu of $200,000. He is scheduled to be formally arraigned at 8 a.m. Monday in Jackson City Court.

Lunsford was the Henderson County Sheriff from 2000 to 2006, and
he was a Madison County Sheriff's deputy for a period of about six to
eight months, spanning late 2009 to 2010.
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