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Man charged after shootout with Wilson County deputies

Posted January 29, 2013
Updated January 30, 2013

— An Elm City man is facing charges Tuesday night after a shootout with sheriff's deputies that sent him to the hospital, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office said. 

Deputies were called to a home at 5868 Bottoms Dairy Road in Elm City around 6 p.m. to investigate reports of gunshots. When they arrived, authorities said, Ashby Silver, 65, came out of the house and started firing. 

At least one deputy returned fire and hit Silver, who was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was released a few hours later and charged with three counts of assault on a government official and discharging a firearm within 300 feet of a residence. 

Silver was being held Tuesday night at the Wilson County jail under a $100,000 bond.

Several of Silver's family members were inside the home at the time, but no one was injured.

The sheriff's office said they believe Silver was intoxicated.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure whenever an officer fires at a suspect.


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  • my2cents-justsaying Jan 31, 2013

    Dear BillFisher:

    I would like you to interview me. As a single mother, I received food stamps while I finished my education. I would like to think that my vocabulary is more expansive that the average person (as I scored a perfect score on my SAT verbal, and graduated at the top of my class in college). Additionally, in general conversation I am more eloquent than...well, hey, probably you!

    Next time you make broad generalizations about classes of people, remember that there are people like myself (a food stamp and medicaid recipient) that are working harder to achieve stability for their family than any of these right wing nuts who discredit people like myself without any consideration to the circumstances.

    How was that for sounding dumb?

  • Sweet summertime Jan 31, 2013

    This gentlemen was fustrated with the situation of having a $300 light bill so he told his girlfriends 18 year old son and his 18 year girlfriend that were living there to get out. I don't believe he should have went to the extremity to have shot rounds into his own home to try to scare them. Just to show what alcohol can do to some people.

  • fishon Jan 30, 2013

    so everyone can be armed with their nice, shiny AR-15s and protect their own. Sounds like a great solution to me!
    January 30, 2013 9:57 a.m.
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    Most AR-15 and other personal defense weapons are not shiny.

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  • Billfisher Jan 30, 2013

    Ever see these gun advocates interviewed on television? I swear they are the dumbest people this country has to offer.

    Obamacare rises

    Ever seen the ones receiving food stamps and housing allowances interviewed? They take the cake.

  • rocket Jan 30, 2013

    "Ever see these gun advocates interviewed on television? I swear they are the dumbest people this country has to offer."

    Besides disagreeing with you, tell us something you have heard them say that was dumb?

  • smcallah Jan 30, 2013

    "There is no "right" to own a particular type of gun and your Liberty does not trump the right to live of the 8000 Americans slaughtered every year by your sad toys."

    Unless MY guns are hurting someone, then my liberty is in tact. My right does not trample other rights unless I make it happen. Someone else doing crime is not me, they are the ones trampling rights. Punish them.

  • redapace Jan 30, 2013

    The yahoos always lose when the government comes for their guns.

  • djhartm Jan 30, 2013

    Oh boy, better pass more gun control laws to get rid of those evil things!

  • rationality Jan 30, 2013

    The alcohol doesn't pour itself into the glass and then into the mouth of the drinker, and makes him/her get into the car and drive drunk.

    The spoon doesn't scoop itself into the ice cream and then into the mouth of the over-eater.

    But, apparently people think that a gun has a mind of its own and has powers over its user.

    I've never seen a gun on trial in court. I've always seen people who committed crimes with guns on trial, though. It's people who are or are not in control.

    Criminals have to love what is happening now. People are making their chosen vocation so much easier.