One person is dead after a shooting in Asheville in Western North Carolina on Tuesday morning, officials say.
The shooter “is no longer a threat,” the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook just after 10:25 a.m., about 20 minutes after initially posting about an active shooter.
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A probation officer was walking near the Buncombe County courthouse when someone fired rounds from outside of a car, Sheriff Quentin Miller said during a news conference streamed by WLOS. A sheriff’s office employee who responded to the scene was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to officials.
A person inside the car was killed by officers returning fire, Miller said.
The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and Asheville Police Department are investigating the officer-involved shooting, Miller said.
The sheriff’s office said the courthouse was “secure.”
The building was closed for the rest of the day Tuesday and expected to reopen Wednesday, Miller said.
County officials had asked people to stay away from the downtown area.