James HowellStaff Writerjhowell@heartlandpublications.com
November 20, 2012
An Ashe County man was shot and killed by county law enforcement officers after a confrontation on the man’s back porch at his home in the Laurel Springs Community Monday night.
According to a press release from the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 11 p.m. last evening, Nov. 19, county sheriff’s deputies from the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, along with a West Jefferson Police officer, responded to a report of a man, who as of yet has not been identified pending notification of the next of kin, was shooting from a residence on the Gaither Poe Road in the Laurel Springs area of Ashe County.
On arrival at the scene, the officers encountered a white male armed with a rifle and scope, said the release.
According to the release, “the officers identified themselves, and ordered the man to put down his weapon. Subject refused to comply, and began pointing the weapon at the officers. Officers fired their weapons, striking and killing the subject.”
Two officers from the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and one officer from the West Jefferson Police Department have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the completion of the investigation being conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation.
According to the ASCO press release, Ashe County Sheriff James Williams and West Jefferson Police Department Chief Jeff Rose will be holding a press conference to offer additional details early Tuesday afternoon.
The Post will update this story as additional information becomes available.