Gwinnett Police Detectives have charged Jaylin Backman, 23, of Conyers, with one count of aggravated assault in the incident Tuesday that shut down I-85 for several hours. The incident caused traffic delays for much of the community.
According to a press release from Gwinnett County Police Department, while the bus was in transit Backman got into an argument with a passenger on the bus. When the bus driver noticed the commotion the driver pulled the bus over and asked what was going on. At that time, Backman pointed a handgun at the bus driver.
Detectives spoke with the passengers on the bus and concluded that at no point did Backman prevent any of the passengers from leaving the bus and nor did he point the handgun at any of them. Another Greyhound bus picked up the passengers for them to continue on to their intended destinations.
Gwinnett County PD noted that preservation of life is their top priority.
“We worked with our partners at the Georgia Department of Transportation as well as the Gwinnett Department of Transportation to mitigate the traffic delays, but our ultimate priority was the safety of the community. Even though all the passengers were able to exit the bus, Backman was still in possession of a handgun and was having a mental health crisis. Gwinnett SWAT made entry onto the bus as soon as it was safe to do so to get Backman into custody without anyone being harmed,” GCPD said in a press release.
Gwinnett County Police Department said the suspect who had a gun on a Greyhound bus destined for New York on Tuesday, March 22, appeared to be having a mental health crisis. When he appeared to be acting erratically and produced a handgun, the bus driver stopped the bus on the entrance ramp from Indian Trail Road to I-85 North and the Gwinnett County SWAT team responded. They arrived and made contact with the passengers who were exiting the bus. They were able to exit safely but were evaluated by Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services for any injures and a Gwinnett Transit bus was called to provide shelter. The passengers were provided with food and water.
Norcross Police and Georgia State Patrol assisted in shutting down Indian Trail Road and I. 85 to ensure the safety of the community and Gwinnett DOT assisted with traffic management.
GCPD reported that Gwinnett Crisis Negotiators and the SWAT team made numerous attempts to get the suspect to come out of the bus unarmed, which he refused to do. Eventually the Gwinnett County SWAT team boarded the bus and was able to safely take the suspect into custody.
The Police Behavioral Unit was on scene due to the suspect believed to be having a mental health issue and followed the suspect to ensure that he receives a
The suspect is believed to be having a mental health crisis. The Police Behavioral Health Unit was on scene and followed the suspect to the jail to ensure he receives a mental health assessment and would be provided with available mental health resources.
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.
Gwinnett County Police announce that one person has been taken into custody following SWAT activity on Tuesday, March 25 that shut down I-85 at the Indian Trail northbound ramp. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Driver and other passengers have been evacuated
Gwinnett County SWAT team is currently on site of a Greyhound Bus stopped on the I-85 northbound ramp to Indian Trail. North and southbound lanes of I-85 have been shut down. There is a subject inside the bus armed with a gun. At this time, all passengers and the driver have been evacuated.