Guns, ammunition found during Asheville search

ASHEVILLE – Asheville police seized multiple guns and ammunition during a search of an apartment last month.

The search was connected to the arrest of Ashter Harris, 26, who was charged with assault by pointing a gun, going armed to the terror of people, assault on a government official and resisting arrest.

According to a search warrant application, officers responded to calls about a man “pointing a long rifle at vehicles and pedestrians” on May 26.

“Callers stated the male was running toward cars and people with the gun pointed at them screaming ‘do it’,” according to the search warrant application.

The man was later identified as Harris, according to the search warrant application.

When Harris saw the responding officer, “he put the rifle down” and moved toward his Burton Street apartment. An officer took Harris into custody as he was entering an apartment, according to the search warrant application.

Officers conducted a “safety sweep” of the apartment to make sure no one was injured inside, according to the search warrant application.

“During the protective sweep officers observed a vast amount of firearms and ammunition throughout the apartment. Officers observed several high powered rifles sitting beside the front door that was propped open,” according to the search warrant application.

The officers seized a variety of guns including a Remington 870 12 gauge, Glock 17, and Bushmaster along with various caliber ammunition and magazines.

The list of items seized also included an "inert grenade."

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