Cash-only bond set for suspect in shooting incident


The final suspect in a shooting incident Jan. 9 will have to post a $100,000 cash-only bond to be released from the adult detention center after Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with committing a terroristic act.

Tyler Benson, 23, was identified as the driver of a vehicle whose occupants allegedly fired shots at several people after an alleged robbery attempt in the area of West 17th Avenue and Linden Street.

Two other men, Henry McAllister, 20, and Darius Johnson, 23, were arrested last week and face the same allegations.

According to police reports, McAllister allegedly pointed a gun at several people and while officers were interviewing the alleged victims, a car that witnesses said was involved in the alleged shooting came back by the house.

Officers chased the vehicle to the 2300 block of West 24th Avenue where the driver, who police identified as Benson, jumped out and ran into a wooded area.

Johnson and McAllister were still in the vehicle and a box of bullets and several spent shell casings were found in the vehicle, according to police reports.

Records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Benson has pending drug and weapons charges stemming from two separate arrests last year.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Benson to have no contact with the alleged victims until the case is settled.