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Police arrest man for firing shots at occupied vehicles at Bethesda Academy

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 10:21 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 4:11 PM EDT
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CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Chatham County Police Department made a quick arrest Thursday night after a shots fired incident at Bethesda Academy.

According to the Chatham County Police Department, a call came into Chatham County’s 911 center at 7:07 p.m., saying a man was firing a gun at occupied vehicles in a parking lot of Bethesda Academy on Ferguson Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a victim and then heard more gunshots. They then spotted and quickly apprehended the suspect within 13 minutes of the 911 call being placed.

“With police officers on scene, lights going, and this individual continues to discharge a firearm…obviously something is going on with him that we haven’t yet determined,” Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley said.

Police arrested 33-year-old Ike Jost. He is charged with six counts of aggravated assault, third degree cruelty to children, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, and carrying weapons within School Safety Zones.

Detectives say they believe this was a random incident. They do not believe Jost has any ties to Bethesda Academy, or to anyone who was on the premises at the time of the incident.

Chief Hadley says his officers didn’t have any prior encounters with Jost before Thursday night’s incident.

“We have not been able to find any linkage that he had children there, that he knew somebody that was there at the time, or anything like that,” Chief Hadley said.

No one was hit by a bullet, but one person did recieve abrasions from flying glass that was the result of gunfire, according to police.

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