Suspect Arrested for Aggravated Assault and Battery Charges

On 10/29/13, at approximately 12:10 PM, officers were dispatched to an address on Sunset Drive on report of a disturbance with a weapon. Upon officer’s arrival, contact was made with the victim who told them a subject had physically assaulted her and threatened her with a gun.

    Contact was then made with the suspect in the case, Brandon Cockrell (29 YOA), outside the residence.  While officers were speaking with Cockrell, he struck the officer with his fist and was subsequently placed under arrest.  It was determined through the course of the investigation there was evidence of the alleged crime taking place and a shotgun was found at the scene.




    Cockrell is charged with Aggravated Assault, Domestic Battery 3rd Degree, and Battery 2nd Degree (on an officer).  The officer who was struck was treated at the scene and required no other medical care.  This is an on-going investigation and additional charges could be possible.  


    Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS. Individuals also may send an anonymous crime tip about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to to leave a tip.  


Any suspects listed are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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