TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Benny Harding Arrested in McCracken County
Date of News Release: 02/09/2007
(PADUCAH, KY.) On February 9, 2007, a McCracken County grand jury indicted 52 year-old Benny Harding of Paducah on 6 counts in connection with the October 10, 2006 shooting he reported on Metropolis Ferry Landing Road. Harding, a former McCracken County Sheriff's Deputy, was indicted for Tampering with Physical Evidence, Falsely Reporting an Incident, Fraudulent Insurance Acts Over/$300.00, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Theft By Deception Over $300.00 and Official Misconduct 1st Degree. Harding initially told investigators that an armed man confronted him as he investigated a suspicious car parked at the end of Metropolis Ferry Landing Road. Harding claimed the assailant pointed a gun at his chest, and he was able to deflect the weapon away before it went off, striking him in the shoulder. Kentucky State Police Detectives initiated an investigation and determined the evidence at the scene did not support Harding's account of the events that occurred that day.
After a nearly 4-month investigation, Kentucky State Police Detective Jerry Jones presented the evidence to the grand jury. Detective Jones testified Harding's injuries were the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the shoulder. Harding now faces 2 misdemeanor and 4 felony charges. He was served with grand jury indictments at 4:40PM and lodged in the Ballard County Detention Center. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, McCracken County Emergency Management and Rescue Squad, University of Kentucky Police K-9, McCracken County Sheriff's Department Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Paducah and Police assisted state police with the investigation.