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Affidavit: Man who shot at cars on I-75 in Ooltewah suffers from PTSD, was off meds

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Matthew Derek Henry of Ooltewah, the suspect in Thursday's shots fired call near I-75 in Ooltewah, has been charged with reckless endangerment, according to our sister station WTVC.

Henry is in Hamilton County Jail on $10,000 bond.

His court date has been set for November 14th.

According to an arrest report affidavit, Chattanooga police officers, as well as the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Collegedale Police Department dispatched to 5053 Hunter Road in Ooltewah in response to an active shooter. Callers reported seeing a white male shooting a shotgun at passing vehicles. Officers were then able to get video of the suspect from the nearby Tiger Mart/Shell gas station.

The report says video surveillance showed the suspect, Matthew Henry, sitting on the side of the building with a weapon in his hands. Henry reportedly then stands up and begins to walk away from the gas station with the weapon in "plain view sight." Officers say he ran across the street into the wooded area, to the point where the cameras could no longer see him. Cameras spot Henry again on Hunter Road, actively firing the shotgun, according to the report.

Units found Henry at his residence on the 5600 block of Nations Road, which is adjacent to McMahon Road in Ooltewah. Officers questioned residents there, and learned Henry was picked up by his uncle with a truck and took him home. A hostage negotiator with the Sheriff's Office talked Henry out of his home and officers took him into custody.

The report says Henry told officers he used the gun to hunt coyotes. He also mentioned he suffers from PTSD and ran out of medicine to treat it.

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