Suspected Crumpler shooter taken into custody

By Adam Orr -

(Photo submitted) Lee Walker Fierro

JEFFERSON-The manhunt for suspected Crumpler shooting suspect Lee Walker Fierro came to a close Wednesday night after he was taken into custody by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 10 p.m.

Fierro, 22, was arrested in Fleetwood some two days after authorities say he shot another man in the side during a “domestic related incident,” at a mobile home on Tom Fowler Road.

He’s currently being held in the Ashe County Jail on charges including assault with deadly weapon intent to kill.

Ashe County Sheriff Terry Buchanan said Fierro was pulled from the closet of a Fleetwood home at the time of his arrest, and described Fierro as “confrontational,” as he was taken into custody.

“He was being harbored by somebody in Fleetwood so we’re looking at additional charges,” Buchanan said.

Crumpler shooting

Scanner traffic the night of April 17 indicated emergency personnel were called to 645 Tom Fowler Road shortly before 11 p.m following a reported shooting.

The shooter left the area, and Ashe Medics and the ACSO responded to the scene, according to a press release issued by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday.

“The victim, a 24 year old male from West Jefferson, was found to have a single gunshot wound to his left side,” according to the release. “He was transported to Wake Forest / Baptist Hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.”

The ACSO then kicked off a two day manhunt for Fierro, which ended the night of April 19.

“In these cases, the first 48 hours are the most important,” Buchanan said. “It was good, solid police work that led to his arrest.”

Monday’s incident wasn’t the first police involved action at 645 Tom Fowler Road. The property was the site of a meth lab explosion in August 2011 that sent Steven Lee to the emergency room of Ashe Memorial Hospital with second and third degree burns.

At the time, Lee told nurses he’d sustained the burns when his portable meth lab caught on fire, according to court testimony. A police search of the property later turned up items consistent with a “shake and bake” meth lab, according to court testimony.

The explosion later led to charges against Lee and others who lived at the property.

Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.

(Photo submitted) Lee Walker Fierro submitted) Lee Walker Fierro

By Adam Orr

comments powered by Disqus