JEFFERSON-Authorities are searching for a West Jefferson man after he allegedly shot another man in Crumpler Monday night.
That news comes from Ashe County Sheriff Terry Buchanan who said his agency is seeking information that could lead to the arrest of Lee Walker Fierro, 22.
According to a press release issued by the ACSO, at 10:44 p.m. on April 17, a suspect, believed to be Fierro, “discharged a handgun at one person during a domestic related incident,” on Tom Fowler Road in Crumpler.
Scanner traffic also indicates emergency personnel were called to 645 Tom Fowler Road shortly before 11 p.m.
The shooter then left the area, and Ashe Medics and the ACSO responded to the scene, according to the release.
“The victim, a 24 year old male from West Jefferson, was found to have a single gunshot wound to his left side,” according to the release. “He was transported to Wake Forest / Baptist Hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.”
Buchanan said Fierro remains at large despite numerous attempts by law enforcement agencies to arrest him.
“Warrants have been issued by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office in this case,” according to the release. “Fierro is believed to be in Ashe County. Fierro has implicated he has gang affiliations.”
Fierro is to be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone having contact or knowing his whereabouts should call 911 or contact the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office at 336-846-5600.
This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are pending.
Monday’s incident wasn’t the first police involved action at 645 Tom Fowler Road. The property was the site of a meth lab explosion in August 2011 that sent Steven Lee to the emergency room of Ashe Memorial Hospital with second and third degree burns.
At the time, Lee told nurses he’d sustained the burns when his portable meth lab caught on fire, according to court testimony. A police search of the property later turned up items consistent with a “shake and bake” meth lab, according to court testimony.
The explosion later led to charges against Lee and others who lived at the property.
Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.