Michael Beohm, age 41, is facing a single count of aggravated assault in connection to an August 27 domestic-related incident that culminated in a response involving personnel from the Upson County Sheriff’s Office, the Multi-jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force, the Thomaston Police Department, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office and State Probation officers.
Authorities say the various agencies assisted local agencies in the apprehension of Beohm after he allegedly fled into the woods near his parents’ Waymanville Road residence.
Upon UCSO deputies’ arrival at the Waymanville Road residence, Michael Beohm’s father reported that his son had held down his own mother and fired two shots at her.
Sgt. Rodney Allen Ozley noted spent shell casings on the floor, broken glass in a front window and a exit hole in the roof of the house.
Beohm’s father also stated that his son had left the residence and gone into the woods, and that he did not know where his wife was – if his son had taken her hostage or if she had voluntarily gone to the woods in an attempt to locate their son.
After being informed of the situation, Ozley contacted Chief Deputy Major Dan Kilgore, who advised he was en route with additional personnel.
Prior to Kilgore’s arrival, Ozley initiated a search of the woods, during which time he heard another high-powered rifle shot.
When Kilgore arrived at the scene, he advised he had S.T.A.R., the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit helicopter en route to assist in the search. Prior to its arrival, Beohm’s mother exited the woods, safe and unharmed.
“She advised she hid in the woods until she thought it was safe,” Ozley reported.
Once the helicopter arrived and began searching the area for the suspect, Beohm exited the woods.
He first put down a bottle of wine and his rifle, and continued to follow commands from personnel on the scene. He was taken into custody and transported to the Upson County Jail.
Kilgore stressed the importance of jurisdictional assistance in law enforcement, saying, “It’s definitely a reciprocal relationship; we help each other. It’s essential. We can’t function without each other. We have to work together, and have a good working relationship. In times of crisis, you have to lend personnel and resources to best serve the public to make sure safety and order is restored, so yes, it’s essential. My experience has been that not only law enforcement, but all public service agencies operate that way to best serve our community. Luckily, in our area, we’ve got good law enforcement and supportive people. We’re very blessed to have competent public servants. It makes our community stronger.”