“It’s certainly changed us, but I think having him in prison certainly helps us start to recover,” said Kady Anstadt, the Washington District Superintendent.
TOLEDO, Ohio — A man police said was responsible for the death of a Toledo man and a shooting suspect at a Whitmer High School football game has been arrested in Texas.
Jaron Phillips (22 years old) Arrested in Houston earlier this week He was charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, and grievous assault.
Phillips has been charged with killing Jonathan Coleman in what police called a premeditated murder. drive-by shooting October 6th.
Phillips has been charged with felony charges for alleged involvement in the incident. Shooting at Whitmer High School football game Three people were injured the following night.
For members of the Washington Local Schools community, this is the long-awaited solution to a nightmare chapter in Whitmer High School history.
The shooting prompted students and parents to flee for their lives at the stadium. Nine months later, Phillips is in the process of being extradited to Toledo to stand trial on criminal charges.
“It certainly changed us, but I think having him in prison certainly helps us start to recover,” said Kady Anstadt, Washington Regional School Superintendent.
close. That’s the word Anstadt used to describe Phillips’ arrest.
“We didn’t escape that night without injury or serious injury,” Anstadt said. “But I am grateful that no one was killed.”
Phillips fired 12 shots just outside the stadium on October 7, injuring three people, including a Whitmer student, police said. Police say the incident happened less than 24 hours after Phillips shot and killed Jonathan Coleman.
Toledo police detectives said Phillips had been a suspect almost from the beginning.
“His name has always been there,” said Lieutenant Detective Dan Gerken of the Toledo Police Department. “But once we got some concrete evidence, we met with the public prosecutor’s office and charged him.”
It was the only time U.S. Marshals made an arrest in Texas.
For Anstadt, receiving news that Mr. Phillips had been taken into custody was a shocking moment.
“For a few minutes it was a little surreal and I didn’t even know who to call first,” Anstadt said.
But Anstadt said the excitement about the arrest will always be tempered by the damage Phillips has already caused.
“You can’t say this is a celebration, because there are students who will never have the same life, but also people who lost their lives at the hands of this person,” Anstadt said. “So it’s hard to celebrate.”
Police say the investigation is not yet over.
“I believe at least two other people were involved,” Gerken said. “So, wherever anyone in the community is at that football game, we will get that information and we will continue to follow up.”
Gerken said Phillips is still in Texas, but extradition hearings are expected to be held this week.
Anstadt said he tried to contact the victim student after his arrest, but didn’t answer the phone. But Anstadt hopes he has a fun summer, far from the horrors of last October.
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