Asheville Firefighter Charged With Shooting At Bicyclist
Asheville, NC firefighter Charles Diez was recently charged with shooting and nearly killing a cyclist in an unbelievable altercation on the roadway. The bullet allegedly shot by Diez penetrated both sides of the cyclist’s helmet but entirely missed his head. Beyond the luck of the victim in coming away unscathed, the real story is the reason the entire argument began. According to the Citizen-Times, Diez confronted the cyclist because he felt it was unsafe for the cyclist to be riding with his child on the side of the road in the middle of the day.
Diez was driving his car off Interstate 40 at Exit 55 at about 11:24 a.m. Sunday when he saw Alan Ray Simons and his wife riding bikes up the road with Simons’ 3-year-old son behind him in a bike seat, he said.
“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,” Splain said.
Diez stopped his car and confronted Simons near 1360 Tunnel Road. When Simons began to walk away, Diez shot at him, Splain said.
The bullet blew a hole through the outer lining of Simons’ helmet and went straight through both sides of it, but he was not hit.