Suspect in Overnight Shooting Arrested; Two others sought

Johnny Cameron III Date of Birth: 05/20/1987 103 Reveille Court Franklin, TN 37064

Johnny Cameron III
Date of Birth: 05/20/1987
103 Reveille Court
Franklin, TN 37064

The suspect in last night’s shooting on Franklin’s Rucker Avenue is in custody.

Immediately following the shooting, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle seen leaving the area. The driver abandoned his car and fled on foot. Officers and detectives worked tirelessly through the overnight hours and identified 27-year-old Johnny Cameron, of Franklin, as the shooter. Cameron ran from officers a second time, but was captured after a brief foot pursuit.

Cameron, charged with Attempted Criminal Homicide, is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $103k  bond. Cameron is a convicted felon with a history of drug and weapon charges. The motive of the shooting is unclear. The victim, who was shot in the leg, remains hospitalized with a serious injury. A second victim, assaulted during the disturbance, was treated and released.

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Police are seeking two additional men in this case. Antonio Whitsey is wanted for simple assault, and Timothy Harris is wanted for Facilitation of a Felony after detectives determined that he handed Cameron the gun used to shoot the victim. If you know where Whitsey or Harris are, you are urged to call Franklin Police.

A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is available for information in this case:

Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000

One Shot in Franklin, Police Investigating

At 11:40 Friday night, police were summoned to the 100 block of Rucker Avenue for a shooting. One person was shot in the leg and transported to an area hospital in serious condition. A second subject was assaulted and also taken to the hospital. A search is underway for the suspect. An investigation into what led up to the shooting and additional suspect information is underway.

Spring Hill Man Charged with Impersonating a Police Officer

Richard S. Lapenna Date of Birth: 07/30/1967 7003 Masonboro Drive Spring Hill, TN 37174

Richard S. Lapenna
Date of Birth: 07/30/1967
7003 Masonboro Drive
Spring Hill, TN 37174

A Spring Hill man is out on bond after Franklin Police arrested him for impersonating an officer.

On 01/28/2015, Richard Lapenna approached an employee at an Express Lube in Franklin, claiming to be a police officer. The worker became suspicious after Lapenna flashed a badge and asked for a lower price on his oil change.

During a follow-up phone call between Lapenna and a Franklin Police Officer, Lapenna told the officer that he worked for a State of Tennessee task force that investigated crimes. The officer obtained a warrant for Lapenna after his investigation Badgerevealed that Lapenna is not a law enforcement officer. Lapenna was in possession of the badge pictured here at the time of his arrest.

Lapenna, charged with Criminal Impersonation, is free after posting a $1,000 bond. He is due in court 02/12/2015.

Anyone who may have encountered Lapenna posing as a police officer is asked to call Franklin Police.

Media Advisory: Anti-DUI Press Conference at FPD Headquarters, Friday


The Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, the Franklin Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol will join the Tennessee Titans to share a unified message: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk this Super Bowl Sunday. The event will take place Friday, January 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Franklin Police Headquarters.

They will be joined by Stephen and Kimberly Schlapman who lost their brother, Allen Schlapman, to a drunk driver in 2012. The Schlapman family donated the motorcycle Allen was riding when he was killed to the Students Against Destructive Decisions program and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. The motorcycle will be on display at the event to remind Tennesseans of the consequences of drinking and driving.

Franklin Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Allen’s honor
beginning at 11:00 p.m. on Franklin Road.

Director Kendell Poole, Governor’s Highway Safety Office; Stephen and Kimberly Schlapman, lost brother to drunk driver; Chief Deborah Faulkner, Franklin Police Department; Commissioner John Schroer, Tennessee Department of Transportation; Don MacLachlan, Tennessee Titans Executive Vice President of Administration & Facilities; Major James Hutcherson, Tennessee Highway Patrol

Sober Super Bowl Driving Event

Friday, January 30, 2015
10:00 a.m. CST

Franklin Police Headquarters
900 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064

The preceding was published by the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office and posted/redistributed with permission by Franklin Police
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A Stop for Speeding Leads to Fugitive’s Arrest; Georgia man was wanted on marijuana charges

Boyce D. Aker Date of Birth: 03/12/1976 460 S. Sequoyah Cir NE Calhoun, GA 30701

Boyce D. Aker
Date of Birth: 03/12/1976
460 S. Sequoyah Cir NE
Calhoun, GA 30701

A man wanted on felony marijuana charges by authorities in Georgia was nabbed during a traffic stop by a Franklin Police Officer, yesterday.

Shortly after midnight, Wednesday morning, an officer clocked an I-65N driver traveling 70MPH in the 60MPH zone, near Peytonsville Road. During the stop, a passenger in that car was found to have felony warrants out of Dalton, Georgia for Sale of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession with the Intent to Distribute. Franklin Police arrested 38-year-old Boyce Aker.

Charged by Franklin Police as a Fugitive from Justice, Aker was also charged with Criminal Impersonation after initially lying to police about who he really was. Aker, awaiting extradition to Georgia, is being held in the Williamson County Jail.

Franklin Police to Hold DUI Checkpoint, Friday; Checkpoint honors man killed by 2012 drunk driver

On the evening of Friday, 01/30/2015, the Franklin Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Franklin Road near S SignBerrys Chapel Road. This checkpoint, however, is special; it is dedicated to the memory of Allen Schlapman, who was killed on that stretch of Franklin Road. On 11/21/2012, a drunk driver hit the motorcycle Allen was driving, head-on.

“Driving impaired is not an error in judgment; it is a choice,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Impaired drivers who selfishly risk the safety of Franklin drivers will be arrested, period. Allen Schlapman was someone’s brother. He was someone’s husband, someone’s father, and someone’s friend. This checkpoint is dedicated to his memory, and to everyone he loved.”

The DUI offender who killed Schlapman is serving a 20-year prison sentence. He is listed as being eligible for parole as early as 06/02/2018.

In 2014, the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office awarded the Department with a $50,000 grant to use for anti-DUI initiatives including DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, equipment, and overtime for officers working this checkpoint.

In 2013, there were 6,699 known alcohol-related traffic crashes in Tennessee. Nationally, one in three traffic fatalities are a result of an alcohol-impaired driving crash.

Crime Stoppers reward offered in backflow unit theft case: (615) 794-4000

Franklin Police hope that the public can help to identify this suspect, wanted for the January 5 theft of an irrigation backflow unit from 308 Mallory Station Road. At 3pm, a man wearing a high-visibility, road construction type shirt put the unit into his red or orange 2-door Ford style SUV. A passenger was with the suspect at the time of the theft.


Information in this case is worth up to $1,000 with one, simple, anonymous call to Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000


Buckle Up, Stay S.A.F.E. | Seatbelts Are For Everyone

Buckle UpThe Franklin Police Department, in partnership with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, is proud to participate in the 2015 SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) campaign.

The goal of SAFE is to increase seatbelt and child restraint use, to protect and save more lives on Tennessee roadways. No matter how short or long your drive may be, it is imperative that drivers and passengers buckle up – every time.

“We will continue to actively enforce seatbelt and child passenger restraint laws,” said Sergeant David Prather of the Franklin Police Department’s Traffic Unit. “If, through our efforts, we can change the behavior of even one person – we might just save a life.”

The SAFE campaign is active, and runs through July 31, 2015.


Police seeking turquoise blue Ford Ranger & young white male driver from Sunday; Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000

Franklin Police are seeking information on the driver of a turquoise blue Ford Ranger pickup truck that evaded officers Sunday afternoon.

At 4:20pm, the truck was clocked traveling 70mph on Hillsboro Road near Christ Community Church. The speed limit in that area is 45. When the officer turned around to stop the reckless driver, he accelerated, and began dangerously switching lanes and passing other drivers who were traveling south.

The officer lost sight of the vehicle after it turned onto Claude Yates Drive, which connects Franklin High School, Columbia State Community College, and a busy park. Parents, who were in that park with their children, told officers that the truck sped through the area and down a park trail. Officers believe that the young white male driver left the area by speeding down that trail for pedestrians and bicycles, and into the Chestnut Bend Subdivision.

The driver’s actions were extremely dangerous, and there is a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his identification and arrest.

Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

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Crime Stoppers reward offered for information on 2 fraud suspects who stole more than $9k

Franklin Police are seeking the identity of two suspects who used credit cards stolen at a Cool Springs restaurant, at several area businesses to the tune of $9,000. The victim believes that the thieves quietly slipped her wallet out of her purse during her visit to the restaurant.

Stores that the fraudulent purchases were made at include the Rite Aid on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin, the Apple Store inside the CoolSprings Galleria, and a Hillsboro Road Rite Aid in the nearby Grassland community.





Suspect 1: White or Hispanic female, 25, blk or dark brwn hair, grey North Face jacket;
Suspect 2: Black male 30-40, black leather jacket, black beard.

The suspects were driving a dark van with chrome trim.

 Information about these suspects is worth up to $1,000
with one simple, anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000