Deputies shoot tires of stolen school bus, arrest suspect

BONIFAY, Fla. (AP) — Florida deputies say they had to shoot the tires out of a stolen school bus to catch a violent robbery suspect.

The Panama City News Herald reports that James Irvin Bourgeois was arrested Friday on multiple felony charges.

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office says Bourgeois attacked a Bethlehem resident with a hammer after the person refused to give him a ride. Deputies say he then used the hammer to break into a nearby home but fled after being confronted by the homeowner.

An off-duty high patrol trooper and an armed civilian both tried to stop Bourgeois, but authorities say he jumped in a bus at Bethlehem School and took off. Several patrol vehicles pursued the bus. Deputies shot at the tires, eventually causing the bus to lose control and crash into some woods.

News Talk Florida Staff