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Monday, November 30, 2009

Former Asheville firefighter pleads guilty in cyclist shooting - Citizen Times Newspaper


ASHEVILLE — A former Asheville firefighter pleaded guilty today to charges he shot at a bicyclist, narrowly missing his skull.

Charles Alexander Diez, 42, was sentenced to 120 days jail.

Diez pleaded guilty in Buncombe County Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Police said Diez, a 17-year veteran of the Fire Department, fired a handgun at cyclist Alan Ray Simons on Tunnel Road on July 26, striking his helmet.
Diez had stopped his car and confronted Simon, apparently because he was concerned about the safety of the Asheville man riding his bicycle with his young child on the back on the busy road, police said.
editor's note: And we thought Columbus was bad.

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