Suspect held after domestic shooting in Franklin

Hunter Pelham
Age: 19
Franklin, Tennessee

A Franklin man is behind bars after an early morning shooting. At about 4:30 Saturday morning, officers were summoned to the 100 block of Grenadier Drive for a shooting. Officers determined that Hunter Pelham, 19, of Franklin, shot his father during a domestic disturbance. The 44-year-old victim was treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Pelham, charged with Aggravated Assault, is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $50,000 bond. The gun used in the shooting was stolen in another jurisdiction. Additional charges in this case are possible.

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Operation #NotInOurMall in full swing, through Christmas

Franklin Police have initiated a security plan designed to safeguard shoppers, deter crime, and arrest criminals at Franklin’s shopping venues, now through the remainder of the Christmas shopping season.

“Franklin Police Officers assigned to the city’s shopping districts will have zero-tolerance for crime and criminals,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Our officers are committed to keeping Franklin safe for Franklin residents, visitors, and businesses.”

Using highly-visible patrols by uniformed officers and plain-clothes officers in unmarked vehicles, Franklin Police will work closely with retailers, security teams, and the District Attorney’s Office to ensure shoplifters, identity thieves, auto burglars, and other criminals who try to take advantage of this busy time of year are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  

A Franklin Police command post and mobile security cameras will be staffed by officers who are assigned to the CoolSprings Galleria through Christmas.

Remember to park smart! Thieves love crowded parking lots and are known to randomly check door handles for unlocked car doors while peering into windows to see what’s inside. Even if you lock your car doors, when crooks see valuables inside, they often force entry by breaking a lock or window. Once inside, thieves push the trunk release to check for purses or other stowed valuables. Police recommend never leaving purses or other valuables in a parked car.

Officers on patrol who see something that could put you or your valuables at risk may leave this form to let you know they were there, and to share suggestions on how to increase your safety and security. Safeguarding a community is everyone’s responsibility, and citizens play a big role in deterring crime.

Ways to stay informed:

  • You can opt-in with your email address to get email alerts the moment Franklin Police publish new information.
  • Follow Franklin Police on Twitter
  • Subscribe to Nixle Citizen Alerts to get information that Franklin Police need residents to know about & take immediate action on. Those alerts are few and far between…probably less than a dozen a year. Just text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in.
  • Search for your neighborhood and opt-in. Franklin Police share geographically-based info there when they need to get word to a specific neighborhood or two.
  • If you’ve ever been curious about what crime looks like in and around your Franklin neighborhood, you can visit Franklin PD’s and enter your address. The search is highly customizable, so you can get a good understanding of recent and historical incidents in areas of town that matter most to you.

Crime Prevention Tips:

  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, i.e. purses, packages, backpacks, phones, computers, tablets, money, credit cards, guns, etc.
  • If you have visitors staying at your home or in a nearby hotel, have them bring their belongings in, especially at night.
  • Lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave your vehicle running & unattended.
  • Keep deliveries from being stolen by package thieves by having them delivered to your work or stay-at-home neighbor’s house instead of having them left, unattended, on your front porch.
  • Avoid setting your purse or wallet in a shopping cart, and be sure to keep your purse zipped or snapped.

If you see or hear anything that seems suspicious,
call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513.

Going out of town?
Let Franklin Police keep an extra eye on your home.

Franklin Police Department
Protecting, connecting.
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Franklin Police seeking information about this man who used stolen credit cards at Cool Springs mall

Franklin Police are trying to identify this man.  He stole credit cards from a gym bag at Franklin Athletic Club and used the cards on 11-19-2019 to make purchases at the Apple Store and Macy’s for approximately $3,800.  There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Do you have info about this case?

Call Crime Stoppers: (615)794-4000 or click to submit an anonymous eTip


Update: Man who approached child at The Factory identified

On Saturday, Franklin Police asked for the public’s help to identify a man who attempted to pick a 5-year-old child in The Factory at Franklin.

That man contacted Franklin Police after he learned detectives wanted to speak with him. He and the others in the photos were interviewed this evening. No charges are expected.

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Traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday? We’ve got your back!

FPD offering free home checks for traveling residents:

While many are gearing up to travel this holiday season, Franklin Police Officers want to offer you a little extra peace of mind. While you’re away, neighborhood officers will help keep an extra eye on your home.

Franklin residents can sign up for the free service by completing this online form.

Need additional assistance?
Call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513.
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Police investigating after stranger-child incident in Franklin


November 24, 2019: Update: Subjects identified. 

November 23, 2019: Detectives are investigating after a suspicious man attempted to pick a 5-year-old child up at 6:30 last night in The Factory at Franklin. The man repeatedly tried sitting near the child before putting his hands under the child’s arms in an attempt to pick him up. The man moved away from the child and left after being confronted by the child’s relative.

The man in question, wearing the pink hat, was in the company of two others, pictured here. They left in an older, dark-colored long, boxy vehicle with a loud exhaust.

While there is no way to concretely know the man’s intentions, the Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect children and to inform the public. If there is any misunderstanding, we hope the man will come forward so we can put the child’s parents and our community at ease about what happened.

Parents are encouraged to use this incident as an opportunity to talk with their children about stranger danger. Anyone with information is urged to contact Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513, or click to submit an anonymous eTip.


Crime Stoppers Cash offered for ID of stolen credit card crook

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information on a suspect wanted for using a stolen credit card. It happened at the Columbia Avenue Target. The suspect got away with more than $300 in merchandise.

Recognize him?
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

Cash reward for information in sizable Galleria jewelry heist

Franklin Police Detectives are investigating a sizable weekend jewelry heist from Kay Jewelers in the CoolSprings Galleria.

On Saturday, these four worked together to distract store clerks and then pry open a display case, stealing several designer wedding rings inside. The thieves fled in a dark-colored SUV after stealing the rings. The loss in this case is more than $40,000.

Call Crime Stoppers if you have any information:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Crime Stoppers cash offered for information on $9k snatch & grab from Apple Store

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of three suspects wanted for a $9,000 snatch and grab Apple Store theft. Shortly before 5 pm on October 25, the suspects walked into the store, grabbed 17 Apple Watches from a display table, and then fled from the store.

Recognize them?
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Driver arrested for DUI, Possession of a Handgun While Impaired following I-65 crash

Johnathan Bernert
Age: 33
Franklin, TN

At 4:00 Saturday morning, officers were dispatched to I-65 S near mile marker 59 for a single-vehicle crash. Arriving officers found significant damage to the vehicle, which had struck a guardrail. Officers determined that the driver, 33-year-old Johnathan Bernert, was impaired and arrested him. Two loaded handguns were found in Bernert’s vehicle.

Charged with DUI and Possession of a Handgun While Impaired, Bernert is free on the $3,000 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on November 14.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed