Photo: Asheville Citizen-Times
Romando Dixson, Asheville Citizen-Times
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- City police are involved in a standoff situation with a man who lives in an apartment house at 27 Max St., just to the southeast of downtown.
Residents reported hearing gunfire in the area close to South Charlotte Street around 11:30 a.m. today. Police have been trying to establish contact with the man since about noon.
No hostage is involved, police said.
Police identified the man as Lamonte Monsanto, 41. Monsanto does not have any significant criminal history, according to Capt. Tim Splain. He was worked and lived here for about three years, Splain said.
Neighbors first reported hearing a gun discharge in the area late Wednesday night, police said. At that time, police were not able to make contact with the man but did take out a warrant for violation of a city ordinance against firing a gun inside the city limits.
Residents in the area have not been able to get to their homes since the standoff began and the city's Stephens-Lee Recreation Center is on lockdown.
Members of the department's bomb squad, emergency response team and the negotiation team were among those on the scene this afternoon.