CLYDE, NC (FOX Carolina) – The Haywood County Sheriff's Office says a suspect they deemed as armed and dangerous is now in custody.
Deputies previously advised people near Ferguson Supply on Betsy’s Gap Road to stay indoors as deputies searched for the suspect, last seen in a wooded area near the store.
Haywood County sheriff Greg Christopher provided more details on scene to FOX Carolina. According to the sheriff, deputies were alerted to a reported suspicious person in a truck on someone's property displaying a firearm. Witnesses reportedly told HCSO they heard multiple shots fired, and law enforcement received information a death threat was allegedly made against a resident at a nearby home.
Deputies say tracked the suspect across the ridge near Fines Creek, and a deputy stationed there encountered a man matching the descriptions provided to them. At first, HCSO says the man, identified as Benjamin Lee Moody, did not comply with commands from deputies after exiting the truck with his long barrel firearm. Deputies say he then fled into the woods with the gun, and reportedly fired a shot believed to be directed at law enforcement.
HCSO says Maggie Vally PD and the U.S. Marshals responded to help search for Moody, and after 5 hours a deputy found him. HCSO says the deputy told Moody to put down a rifle, peacefully bringing him into custody.
The search radius for Moody was a total of one and a half miles, and the entire SRT team was on scene. Christopher notes deputies made sure homes in the area were clear and have no reason to believe the Moody entered any homes.
Moody has since been charged with three counts of felony assault on law enforcement with a firearm, and is being held at the Haywood County Detention Center. His bond is set at $50,000.
Christopher says there were no incidents and no injuries. Overall, the sheriff says the outcome was ultimately what they wanted.