Asheville firefighter charged with shooting bicyclist

Asheville police charged Charles Alexander Diez, an Asheville firefighter since 1992, with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly fired on cyclist Alan Simons with a .38 caliber handgun on July 26. The bullet ripped through the lining of Simons’ helmet and, according to police, came within less than an inch of striking him in the head.

A grand jury subsequently lowered the charge to a felony assault charge that carries a much lower potential penalty. Click here to read the Asheville Police Department’s report of the incident.


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One thought on “Asheville firefighter charged with shooting bicyclist

  1. luv2paint66

    This firefighter shoots a man in the head, in front of the victims child. How is this not attempted Murder?

    He shot at the cyclist head, last time I checked a head shot is considered a kill shot.

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