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Asheville PD captain fired for 'intimidating, hostile behaviors' towards employees

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Captain Stony Gonce has been fired from the Asheville Police Department. 

According to his termination letter, an independent third-party investigation into complaints against Gonce was launched in December 2017.

Chief Tammy Hooper said the investigation found a pattern of Gonce behaving in an "intimidating, hostile" manner towards members of the department. "The sheer number of reports regarding similar unacceptable behaviors from so many different employees is alarming," Chief Hooper said. 

The letter outlined complaints from several employees during the course of the investigation: 

  • "My family and I are scared. I do not know what he is capable of." 
  • "He is one of the most evil men I have ever met. I don't know why he has these tendencies to do these things."
  • "He has a temper and lets it get the best of him. If Gonce finds out that I'm talking to you, he will come after me. I'm not going to be afraid of him." 
  • "I live in fear of Gonce. Am I being followed? Am I being monitored?" 
  • "There are people in the agency that report back to him-he has his boys. They seem to be aligned with him and report information back to him. And I believe that the behaviors target women and minorities." 

Chief Hooper said Human Resources had previously investigated similar complaints about Gonce in March of 2017. 

The termination letter also stated that Gonce interfered with the criminal investigation into former Officer Christopher Hickman. According to the letter, Gonce told the lieutenant assigned to the case that conducting the investigation would be "detrimental to his career at the Asheville Police Department." 

"Several APD employees expressed concerns and fears of retaliation from you throughout their careers and presently. This pattern of intimidating and/or hostile behaviors reported by several different APD employees is unacceptable for any employee, much less an APD Captain," Chief Hooper said.

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