TURNER Joseph ARDLThe suspect from the Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, bank robbery which led to him being shot is 58-year-old Joseph Edward Turner Jr., of Grant County. Mr. Turner was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital following the attempted armed robbery of the Simmons Bank at 1323 Military Road.

The identification of the officer involved in the incident is not being released at this time due to the pending investigation. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave per departmental policy.

The Benton Police Department is the lead agency for the on-going investigation, with assistance from the FBI. Additional details will be made available as the investigation progresses. 

Anyone with information about this incident 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.