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Arden standoff comes to an end

Authorities are investigating a domestic incident that started on N.C. 280 outside Mills River. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A standoff in Arden that started as a domestic dispute Friday afternoon came to end early Saturday morning, more than 9 hours after it started.

Authorities said Paul Bryan Killian is charged with firing into an occupied vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Investigators say he was taken into custody at 1:16 am without incident. Emergency Services personnel was requested to examine Killian at the scene.

For hours, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and other deputies worked their way up a hillside along Glenn Bridge Road. They were wearing flack jackets, carrying rifles and taking cover behind trees as they went.

Killian had been sitting on his front porch, surrounded by a SWAT team that wanted him to surrender.

They were trying to help the Henderson County Sheriff's Office arrest Killian in connection to a domestic violence case that started about 3 p.m. in Mills River.

Killian's accused of rear-ending his estranged wife's vehicle as they drove along Fanning Fields Road near Highway 280.

Authorities said it was there he got out of his vehicle and fired multiple shots. Spent shell casings could be seen scattered on the pavement. But Henderson County officials don't believe the woman suffered any injuries.

The focus quickly shifted across the county line to Arden, where the suspect started his standoff with Buncombe County deputies.

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