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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