Update: Suspect charged with Criminal Homicide after shooting Franklin man

Guillermo Leon, a 57-year-old resident of Reville Court, in Franklin, was shot at 5:15, Tuesday night, during an argument outside of his home.

Leon had just arrived home when he and 27-year-old Brenton Johnson, who was visiting the nearby home of a relative, exchanged words. Johnson shot Leon during the argument, and Leon died at the hospital a short time later.

Guillermo Leon’s family is devastated by his loss. Franklin Police are working closely with Leon’s family to support them during a period of unimaginable trauma.

Charged with Criminal Homicide, Johnson is being held on the $400,000 bond set by the Magistrate. No word, yet, on his court date.



Real estate agent indicted on felony charges

A Williamson County Grand Jury has indicted a Franklin real estate agent on several charges. Michael Burchyett, 42, of Franklin, was charged with Theft over $250,000, Criminal Simulation, and Money Laundering. The indictments follow an in-depth investigation by Franklin Detectives after it was reported that Burchyett used forged closing documents to trick a client from China into thinking they had purchased a $495,000 Franklin home. Burchyett diverted the victim’s money for his own use and then sold the listing to someone else.

 Burchyett is free on a $50,000 bond. He is due in criminal court on April 28.


ATF offers reward in Franklin Gun Shop burglary

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ATF Release: 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Franklin Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the theft of firearms from Franklin Gun Shop, a federal firearm licensee (FFL).

On January 28, 2021, Franklin Gun Shop FFL, 1214 Lakeview Drive, Franklin, Tennessee, was burglarized where approximately 41 firearms were reported stolen to the Franklin Police Department.  ATF Industry Operations Investigators responded to the FFL and are in the process of conducting an inventory to determine the exact number of firearms stolen.

ATF is offering the reward for the amount of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $ 5,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers.

ATF Special Agent in Charge, Mickey French said, “ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms. ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence will leverage investigative resources combined with community partnerships to recover the stolen firearms.”

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), or the Williamson County Crime Stoppers (615) 794-4000.

Information can also be sent through an anonymous eTip to Franklin Police click to submit or  ATFTips@atf.gov, through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips. Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry.  More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.


Aggravated Robbery Suspects Arrested

Kendrell Demontra Ellison
Age: 18
Lavergne, Tennessee

Zachary Obrian Smith
Age: 18
Nashville, Tennessee

Daniel Tyrell Miller
Age: 18
Franklin, Tennessee

On Monday night at approximately 7:00 pm, a Franklin Police Officer, in plain clothes, was conducting a police investigation in an attempt to get a stolen semi-automatic pistol off the streets.  He contacted the individual who had the stolen gun and wanted to sell it.   During the interaction, two suspects pointed guns at the Police Officer, grabbed the money for the transaction, and fled the scene. The suspects were apprehended last night and charged with aggravated robbery.  Zachary Smith and Kendrell Ellison were given a $350,000 bond. Daniel Miller was given a $500,000 bond. Suspects are due in court December 8th.


Police investigating two armed robberies in Cool Springs

The first robbery happened Tuesday night at the Galleria Boulevard Taco Bell. Two black males arrived in a black Nissan Altima at around 10:00 pm, shortly before the restaurant was scheduled to close.

They announced the robbery as they entered. One of the robbers began threatening employees with a gun. They ordered everyone to the ground before separating the manager from the other employees, ordering him to surrender the restaurant’s cash.

No one was injured during that robbery.

Then, at around 10:30 Wednesday night, a resident at the IMT Cool Springs Apartments on Gillespie Drive was in the parking lot when he was approached from behind and struck in the head.

The assailant beat and shot at the victim during the robbery. Thankfully, the victim was not struck by gunfire. The suspect fled on foot and remains at large.

Apartment residents with personal home surveillance cameras are asked to check their footage for anything that might help to identify a suspect.

Detectives do not believe the two robberies are related and are asking anyone with information in either case to call Crime Stoppers.
There is a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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

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Franklin Police seeking information in pharmacy burglary case

Detectives in Franklin hope someone might recognize two suspects wanted for burglarizing a pharmacy. At 8:19 Sunday morning, December 1, officers were dispatched to a burglar alarm at Pharmerica, a private supply pharmacy on Seaboard Lane. Arriving officers found the front door pried open. The suspects fled with thousands in narcotics prior to officers arriving.  

A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information in this case.

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

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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

Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of suspect who used cloned credit card in Berry Farms & Fieldstone Farms

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information that leads to the identification and arrest of this suspect. He’s wanted for using for using a cloned credit card to load gift cards he ‘bought’ at the Publix in both Berry Farms & Fieldstone Farms. Call Crime Stoppers if you recognize him.

Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
All tipsters will remain anonymous

Ring camera helps ID felony teen suspect in Franklin

A neighborhood video of a teen attempting to burglarize a vehicle has connected him to other cases in Franklin, and throughout middle Tennessee.

Jordan Caleb Walker
Age: 18
Madison, Tennessee

Gateway Village residents shared this video on their neighborhood page, and with Franklin Police. It shows 18-year-old Jordan Walker getting out of a stolen car to see if a potential victim’s truck was unlocked. The video and other evidence linked Walker to two February 4 Gateway Village neighborhood auto burglaries. In both of those cases, unlocked vehicles were entered and valuables inside were stolen. The vehicle you see Walker driving in the video was stolen in a Nashville carjacking.

Franklin Police have obtained warrants charging Walker with two counts of Vehicle Burglary, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Felony Theft. Walker is currently being held in the Sumner County Jail on several similar charges.

In addition to good police work by several law enforcement agencies working together, Franklin Police credit technology and neighborhood networks that allow for the sharing of videos, like this one.

Franklin Police want to remind residents that removing your valuables every night and simply locking your car doors greatly reduce your chances of becoming the victim of an opportunistic criminal. As evidenced in this video, when Walker found the doors to this vehicle locked, he simply moved on.

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Two arrested, one at large following arrest of armed teen driving stolen vehicle

Early this morning, Franklin Police Officers working a special anti-crime detail attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle on Downs Boulevard near Willowsprings Boulevard. During that attempted traffic stop, one of the occupants pointed a gun at police before the driver of that vehicle crashed into a field near New Hope Academy. All three suspects bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers quickly captured one of the suspects. He was armed with two handguns at the time of his arrest. A second suspect, who was hiding in a shed behind New Hope Academy, was captured a short time later. The suspect vehicle was determined to have been stolen out of Nashville.

Additional officers arrived and began scouring the area for the final, at-large suspect, who also may be armed. Officers worked with New Hope Academy administration to search the inside of the school before students began arriving, and have had officers stationed at the school while the search for the suspect continues. Franklin Police alerted citizens not to leave their vehicles running and unattended, and to keep their car doors, homes, and outbuildings locked while going about their morning activities.

Police are still trying to locate a light-skinned, black male teenager who was wearing all black clothing. As time passes, the likelihood increases that the suspect may have gotten a ride out of the area. Franklin Police continue to be present at and around New Hope Academy as a precaution.

The suspects currently in custody are a 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, both from Nashville.

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