UPDATE: Standoff Ends, Suspect in Custody
A 24 hour standoff in downtown Asheville has ended.
About 9:30AM this morning police entered a home on Max Street and took 41-year-old Lamonte Monsanto into custody.
Asheville Police Chief William Anderson tells us the APD Emergency Response Team found Monsanto in under a mattress in his bedroom and they were able to take him into custody without incident.
The house had been calm throughout the night and this morning after police cut the power and gas off in the early hours after midnight.
This all started Wednesday night when neighbors called after Monsanto was seen firing gunshots in backyard. When he started again Thursday morning, police responded.
Yesterday police fired what Chief described "a ton of tear gas" into home. Somehow he was able to withstand that barrage, but in the end it was the cold that helped end the situation.
Chief William Anderson, Asheville Police Department, "I can't speak to mental state, physically he was probably suffering hypothermia because we cut power and heat, was cold, hiding under mattress in bedroom, took into custody without incident."
Chief Anderson says they waited to enter the home because they were unsure if Monsanto had explosives.
Police sent Monsanto to the hospital with possible hypothermia