The 19-year-old who allegedly fired at Hamilton County deputies during a standoff Saturday night in Ooltewah is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, records show.
Jovian Kyndiah has not been charged in connection to the death of his mother, whose body was found in his home after he surrendered early Sunday morning. He told authorities he shot his mother by accident.
Records in the Hamilton County Assessor of Property office said the home on East Freedom Circle was owned by Stephen Elson and Iabika "Bika" Kandiyah. Neighbors said Elson died last year after a heart attack.
The standoff began around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a deputy responded to an report of an unconscious person, according to the incident report. He was met at the front door by Jovian Kyndiah, who was carrying a pistol.
Kyndiah ran from the house and deputies tried to catch him but failed. Then he ran back inside the house and refused to come out. Deputies at the front door could see the unmoving body of a woman at the top of the stairs, according to the report.
The SWAT team was called and officers called Kyndiah on the phone. He said he had accidentally shot his mother and he wanted to kill himself.
Trying to force him out, deputies fired fired tear gas rounds into the home and the tactical team attempted to break the living room window and remove the blinds. The report said Kyndia fired in the direction of those officers, yelling at them to stop. The officers retreated, uninjured, and Kyndiah surrendered shortly after 6 a.m.
He is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on an $800,000 bond.