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Former Boehringer Ingelheim employee granted bail after New Year’s Day shooting at Athens facility

Updated: Jan 7

By Joe Johnson

In an incident that unfolded on New Year’s Day, 27-year-old Zachariah Martin Best reportedly opened fire on a the Boehringer Ingelheim animal vaccine plant on Olympic Drive, causing an estimated $12,800 in damages to a newly expanded section of the facility.

The incident occurred after Best had been placed on administrative leave from his job at the facility due to a disciplinary matter.

Police said they recovered 17 shell casings from the rounds that Best had fired off at the plant, which was vacant at the time due to the holiday.

Best was not supposed to be on the premises because of his administrative leave.

The ensuing investigation led to Best being arrested on Jan. 2. He subsequently appeared before Judge Benjamin Makin in Magistrate Court, where he was granted a $5,000 bond under conditions that include a requirement he reside with his parents in Martinez, cannot possess firearms, and must wear a GPS ankle monitor.

He also was barred by the judge from visiting Athens-Clarke County for any reason except for court-related matters, and from stepping foot on any of the three properties owned by Boehringer Ingelheim in Georgia.

Makin also ordered Best to obtain mental health treatment upon his release from jail, which as of Sunday remained pending as he awaited being fitted with the ankle monitor.



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BS Detector
BS Detector
1月08日

Retired from B.I./Merial, but didn't know him. He had been making comments that were concerning co-workers and was put on leave. He just missed hitting a tank that would have done major damage to the site. And bond was ONLY $5,0000...geez. Site now has armed guards. At least no one was hurt. Info from friend that still works there.

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From what I can glean from this story, the fella is a nut and should be treated like one until certified otherwise. Then he can serve some serious time for his actions.

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And to think, he was perfectly capable of legally purchasing and owning firearms in this state.

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OC_DadOfSix
OC_DadOfSix
1月07日

$5000 bail…what’s the worst that can happen


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Someone has paid a lot of money for this to happen.

He should not be released.

HE IS CRAZY.

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And he’s legally allowed to purchase and own firearms in this state. Lol

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