Former Henderson Co. Sheriff charged in attack on estranged wife


JACKSON, Tenn. - A former sheriff faces charges including attempted murder and kidnapping after a weekend incident involving his estranged wife.

Around 12:20 a.m. Sunday, Jackson police received a call that a man had pulled a woman, at gunpoint, from Tap Bar and Grill at 719 Old Hickory Blvd. Shortly afterward, police received calls that shots had been fired on the parking lot of the business.

Officers arrived on the scene, located 52-year-old Ricky Lundsford of Jackson, Tenn., and took him into custody. The woman was also found uninjured.

The investigation has indicated that Lunsford and his estranged wife were both inside the bar but had not come together. Lunsford approached his estranged wife, placed a gun to her body and forced her outside.

When they got outside, she ran from Lunsford. He subsequently fired multiple shots at her. 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 fired by Lunsford. At least three cars were struck by gunfire.

Officers recovered two handguns from Lunsford.

Police charged Lunsford with aggravated kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated domestic assault and four counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. As of Monday morning, he was being held at the Madison County Jail in lieu of $200,000. 

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.