By: Erica Byfield
PADUCAH, Ky. - His fellow officers believed Benny Harding's story back then, but now it's a tale they are not buying. According to Sheriff John Hayden, Benny Harding's story just didn't add up and after months of conducting an internal investigation he fired Harding Wednesday afternoon.
Sheriff John Hayden talked to me about the Harding case only after KFVS filed an "Open Records Request" he opened up about the difficulty of investigating one of his own. "Were not happy about what happened and we're going to have to work to gain back the support of the community" said Hayden.
The biggest surprise, Benny Harding shot himself in the shoulder. Sheriff Hayden would not tell me why Harding would hurt himself or why he lied about it.