Man accused of beating 2 University of Kentucky employees with fire extinguisher

Chase Jackson
Chase Jackson

Two University of Kentucky employees were beaten with a fire extinguisher early Thursday morning on campus, according to UK police.

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said Chase Jackson, 23, was arrested on two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault of a police officer, two counts of first-degree burglary and one charge of resisting arrest.

The attack occurred at the Thomas Poe Cooper Building on Rose Street and Huguelet Avenue, Monroe said.

Jackson entered the building and asked a forestry department employee if he could use a phone, Monroe said. After using the phone, he took a fire extinguisher off the wall and allegedly attacked a custodial worker in the hallway.

The forestry employee locked herself in her office and called 911, Monroe said.

Jackson kicked in the door and beat the woman with the fire extinguisher, Monroe said.

"When our officers arrived, he was still in the process of assaulting the employee with the fire extinguisher." Monroe said.

Jackson was "trying to do grave bodily harm to them," the police chief said.

Police arrived within a minute of being summoned at 7:22 a.m., Monroe said.

Jackson also allegedly assaulted the two police officers who arrived on the scene, but he was quickly arrested, Monroe said.

Jackson, who is not affiliated with the university, has an extensive criminal history in multiple counties, including Fayette and Scott counties, Monroe said.

The two victims, whose injuries were not life-threatening, were taken to UK Chandler Hospital .

The motive for the attacks was unknown, Monroe said.