LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is in jail after two University of Kentucky employees were assaulted with a fire extinguisher.
The incident happened Thursday morning at the Thomas Poe Cooper Forestry Building on UK's campus off Rose Street.
The suspect is Chase Jackson, 23, and he has been arrested and charged with two counts first degree assault, two counts of third degree assault of an officer, resisting arrest, and two counts of burglary.
Both female victims were taken to UK Hospital. We have learned that one has been released, and the other is still being treated at that same hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The UK Chief of Police Joe Monroe says Jackson entered Thomas Poe Cooper Forestry Building and started assaulting people. It started when Jackson asked to use the phone in that building but then left that office and went into the hall where he grabbed a fire extinguisher off the wall.
"He confronted a custodial staff person who he began to assault with a fire extinguisher," said Chief Monroe. "At that time, that employee fled into another office and then he kicked the door into the initial researcher's office."
That's where Jackson had originally asked to use the phone. And when he made his way back into that office, we are told he assaulted that researcher but she and another employee were able to call 911. Then Jackson turned on police.
Chief Monroe went on to say, "He did try to assault our officers with a fire extinguisher as well as he had to be taken to the ground and subdued."
This isn't Jackson's first run in with the law. His record shows that for the past three years, he's been in and out jail on various charges. Those charges include criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking, assault, burglary, fleeing or evading police, and much more.
University officials tell us Jackson is not affiliated with UK. And police say they believe he suffers from a mental illness.
The names of the UK employees hurt in this incident have not yet been released.