Lee Ryan Shane 28At approximately 6:20 a.m. Monday, officers with the Benton Police Department responded to the I-30 Travel Park in reference to shots fired. Witnesses told officers that during a welfare check 28-year-old Ryan Shane Lee of Benton approached them inside a camper trailer aggressively while holding a 9 mm handgun.

Witnesses said as Lee attempted to raise the handgun a bullet discharged, and they exited the camper to call 911. Lee reportedly fled the area as officers responded. Officers discovered there was a 3-year-old child inside the camper during the incident.

Lee later turned himself in at the Benton Police Department. Lee is facing charges of Aggravated Assault and 1st degree Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, both class D felonies. Lee is currently being held in the Saline County Detention Center and is expected to appear before Benton District Judge Mike Robinson on Wednesday.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS.  Individuals also may send us 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.  A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Benton Police Department app found on ITunes and Google Play.

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