Neighbors shocked by police standoff in Arden


Authorities have arrested Paul Bryan Killian after he was involved in a standoff for nearly eleven hours. Saturday evening neighbors who live near Killian said this incident is out of the ordinary from the man they know.

"Normally he's very outgoing. When we first moved here, he was the first neighbor that greeted us. At the time, I was commuting between Michigan and here (Arden) and if my wife needed help with anything, he was the neighbor you could call and he would lend a hand," said David Park.

According to deputies Killian was involved in a domestic dispute in Mills River. He is 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. Authorities said he then led them on a chase that crossed into Buncombe County lines. Killian was found sitting on his front porch in Arden, wearing a blue jacket.

Investigators said he was taken into custody at 1:16 am without incident.

Neighbors told News 13 Bryan was always friendly but had recently been going through a rough time.

"He told us they were separated and he wanted to get back together. He told us it was his fault (the divorce) and he cried. I said I would pray for him," said neighbor C.D. Huskins.

"He was pretty distraught in the few conversations we had with him since the separation. I thought he would have chosen to act out in a less violent manner,"said David.

Neighbors are just happy no one was hurt in the incident.

Killian is being charged with firing into an occupied vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He is being held at the Henderson County jail without bail.

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