Suspect in custody following Biodome Drive incident

The Haywood County Sheriff's Office swarmed an area on Biodome Drive, off Shelton Cove, late Thursday afternoon after a report of shots being fired. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The Haywood County Sheriff's Office said the suspect at the center of a shots fired call has been taken into custody.

Deputies swarmed an area on Biodome Drive, off Shelton Cove, late Thursday afternoon after a report of shots being fired.

Authorities said Kyle Bird, 52, was arrested after a standoff lasting more than three hours.

Byrd, of Waynesville, will be charged with intoxicated and disruptive, going armed to the terror of the public and felony assault by pointing a firearm at a government official.

"We requested he come out. He didn't come out. We deployed gas into the home. Our SRT team went in and removed him," Haywood County sheriff Greg Christopher said.

An alert was sent to Haywood County residents about 6 p.m. saying a shelter was in place and urging them to call 911 if they saw suspicious activity.

More than 20 HCSO vehicles and many deputies armed with assault rifles responded to the area at the end of Biodome Drive.

Keith Davis, who lives in the area, said the situation started between 5 and 5:30 p.m. He said the man at the center of the activity is a loner.

"He fires off rounds all the time," Davis said. "It's nothing out of the ordinary for us. We're used to hearing it. But it's never been anything that's been aggressive toward the neighbors or anything like that."

Davis said the situation started with regular deputies responding, then a SWAT team started moving in.

Neighbors said the man known for often firing rounds goes by the nickname "Bird."

"Me and my husband got so sick and tired of rounds going off that we sold our house and moved away," said a former neighbor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of concerns for her safety.

Haywood County Sheriff's Office public information officer Lindsay Regner said the emergency system sent the alert to the entire county, causing some confusion.

"The message was geo targeted for the specific area, however it did end up going to the entire county," she said. "A secondary message was sent shortly after. However, the initial message did prompt many to call 911 with concerns. Emergency management officials will be working with the software company to see what led to this error."

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