UPDATE: Standoff Suspect Charged
On January 3rd, 2014 at 10:17 AM, the Asheville Police Department arrested Lamonte Monsanto, 41, following a nearly 24 hour standoff. Monsanto was initially transported from the scene to Mission Hospital for treatment of possible hypothermia and mental commitment evaluation. A Smith & Wesson .44 cal revolver and ammunition were located in the apartment by APD ERT members who went inside the apartment at approximately 9:30 AM to locate Monsanto.
After his release from the hospital, Monsanto was transported to the Buncombe County Detention Facility and charged with two counts of discharging a firearm within the city limits. His bond is set at $40,000.
This is following an incident that began on January 2, 2014, after the Asheville Police Department responded to 27 Max Street to investigate an incomplete 911 call.
Police interviewed several neighbors in the apartment building, it was learned that another resident, Lamonte Monsanto, 41, had discharged several rounds from a handgun in the back yard of the building and then retreated into his apartment.
APD officers made numerous attempts on Thursday to contact Monsanto, but were unsuccessful. The other residents of the building were evacuated. Four to Five other residences nearby were also evacuated.
The Stephens Lee Recreation Center was on lockdown Thursday and the school system was notified concerning alternate plans for bus drop off and Stephens Lee after school program.
APD's Emergency Response Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were on the scene for many hours in bitter cold temperatures attempting to negotiate a safe resolution.
Chief Anderson would like to thank the Buncombe and Henderson County Sheriff's Offices for their assistance during this prolonged incident.