Cyclist Shot at by Firefighter in North Carolina

Readers tipped us to a story from Asheville North Carolina where a city firefighter has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after he fired a handgun at a bicyclist.

“Charles Alexander Diez, 42, apparently fired at the Asheville man after arguing with him about riding his bike on the busy road with his 3-year-old child in a bike seat behind him,” Asheville Police Capt. Tim Splain said.

Predictably, the cyclist deserved it comments will get posted to the article. There isn’t a story the media runs in Seattle where the Bike Hater Club doesn’t show up and say that, even when a death occurs. This story brings out the gun advocates and is reminiscent of the face-smashing Colorado incident with a cop.

In the 3 years we’ve been publishing this blog and all the riding we do, I don’t understand the hate or violence. It’s rooted in American’s tendency to judge everyone else and what they’re doing, car-based economy, drivers don’t expect us on the road, and what? I just shake my head sometimes.

Updates

  • Quickrelease.tv posts about the helmet and the bullet.
  • The title was edited changing “shot” to “shot at”

Hat tip: wingbatwu and torndorff.



10 Comments

Just a single charge of attempted murder? What of the 3-y.o on the back of the bike, whom he’d likely have killed as well?? just so he could ‘teach that rider a lesson’, a lesson only the shooter/hater/firefighter was ‘clever enough’ to perceive was called for. Seems to me they could apply additional charges of attempted murder and also some under bias crimes. He certainly targeted members of ~~A Group ~~.
Good time to push the interpretation of the law (though I have no knowledge of NC laws and what they might say on such a case).
“He decided he needed to tell them he thought it was unsafe that they would do that and have their child out there in an area where they had a lot of traffic,”
Suckin haters.

OK, I’m gonna have to call you out on a couple of things here. 

First, the cyclist wasn’t shot.  He was shot AT.  The incident is horrific, no doubt, but that’s just a plainly bad headline.

Second, there’s only one comment that even mentions the cyclist.  Maybe you’re being a little to cynical. 

Cheer up!

I see your point on the headline, revised now—that’s a technical difference because the helmet he was wearing was hit, and it was on him, but we have no intent to mislead.

The point about the Bike Hater Club, and I said predictably, was to tie it into the Seattle area and what happens here. In the recent Seattle-area bike deaths there were comments that said, “deserved it.”

I had a cop yell at me one time, a get off the road type comment and responded in kind. Knew as the words left my mouth I was risking arrest, but was so angry about it, then I didn’t care.

Standardized reply to “get off the road”:

“You first”

1. I see a fallacy with the shooter’s comments and intent. He stopped to inform these people that what they were doing was dangerous, especially with a three year old, but then fires a gun at the man and narrowly misses the mans skull. Then the shooter goes home.
2. If this is how this firefighter handles stress, how can he perform his employment duties, in the environment of his emplyment, with sound judgement where others lives are potentially at stake?
3. I agree gtfo, the judicial system needs to apply every infraction applicable to the prosecution of this guy. He also needs professional psychological help to deal with the stressors in his life because he is allowing his stress to affect others to their detriment.

Sadly no phone number was listed for this idiot.

Charles A Diez
425 Rowland Rd
Swannanoa, NC 28778-2133
Household:  Karen C Diez

Let his employed know how you feel about this kind of conduct.

Asheville Fire and Rescue
100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC, 28801
P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday
Non-emergency: (828) 259-5636
Office: (828) 259-5636
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

All information was gleaned from public records.

Sadly no phone number was listed for this idiot.

Charles A Diez
425 Rowland Rd
Swannanoa, NC 28778-2133
Household:  Karen C Diez

Let his employed know how you feel about this kind of conduct.

Asheville Fire and Rescue
100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC, 28801
P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday
Non-emergency: (828) 259-5636
Office: (828) 259-5636
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

All information was gleaned from public records.

Sorry for the duplication. I need to get a mouse and quit using the touchpad on my old laptop.

Robert W. Oast, Jr., City Attorney
Location: Second Floor, Asheville City Hall
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
(828) 259-5610

Executive Assistant: Linda Maynard
E-mail:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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