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Police: Hendersonville officer shoots fleeing burglary suspect

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Scene of the shooting along Woodcock Drive in Hendersonville Thursday morning. (Mar. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina) Scene of the shooting along Woodcock Drive in Hendersonville Thursday morning. (Mar. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Scene of the shooting along Woodcock Drive in Hendersonville Thursday morning. (Mar. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina) Scene of the shooting along Woodcock Drive in Hendersonville Thursday morning. (Mar. 8, 2012/FOX Carolina)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Hendersonville police were investigating a shooting Thursday morning where they said a person was shot by an officer.

Police Chief Herbert Blake said officers received a report of a burglary at a business on Seventh Street about midnight. He said that while officers were responding, they stopped a vehicle on Woodcock Street that they believed was related to the break-in.

Blake said the man inside the car fled and officers believed he was armed, so they responded by firing at the man. He said the man was later seen hiding at a home on Robinson Terrace, in the Green Meadows community.

Blake said that when officers, Henderson County deputies and the SWAT team surrounded the home, the man fled the scene, making movements that made police believe he was armed. He said an officer fired a shot, hitting the fleeing man, later identified as 41-year-old Fletcher Smiley, in the arm.

Smiley was treated for his injuries at a local hospital, Blake said.

One neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, told FOX Carolina's Will Jones that he heard several shots fired.

"I heard my neighbors hollering," the neighbor said. "So, I came outside and saw a guy laying on the ground."

Rev. Billy Waters, at Union Grove Baptist Church, said the side of his building had remnants, or holes, from over 30 bullets. He said it was unnecessary for the officers to fire so many rounds at a man for a non-violent crime.

"I think the damage more than anything is the confidence and the trust in the population as to what the police will or will not do," said Rev. Waters. "If a man, unarmed, has been shot at, even though they claimed he might have had a gun on him, and never shot back."

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

Hendersonville investigators are working on the breaking and entering incident. Officers said they do plan to charge Smiley.

Police said three officers who were involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Smiley was wanted on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats, police said.

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