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Police: Two-day Asheville standoff ends with suspect in custody

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Police at the scene of the standoff situation. (Jan. 3, 2014/FOX Carolina) Police at the scene of the standoff situation. (Jan. 3, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The gun used by Monsanto, according to police. (Source: Asheville PD) The gun used by Monsanto, according to police. (Source: Asheville PD)
Lamonte Monsanto (Source: Asheville PD) Lamonte Monsanto (Source: Asheville PD)
Monsanto is taken into custody Friday morning. (Jan. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina) Monsanto is taken into custody Friday morning. (Jan. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
The Asheville Police Department was involved in an armed standoff on Thursday. (Jan 2, 2013/FOX Carolina) The Asheville Police Department was involved in an armed standoff on Thursday. (Jan 2, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Asheville Police Department was involved in an armed standoff that began Thursday and ended Friday morning, lasting nearly 24 hours.

Sgt. Dave Romick said officers initially responded to the residence after an incomplete 911 call from Max Street in the city of Asheville Thursday afternoon.

According to police, neighbors told officers Lamonte Monsanto, 41, shot a .44 calibur revolver several times in the backyard of the building and then went back into his apartment, where officers made numerous attempts to contact him.

Romick said the emergency response team and crisis negotiation team were called to the standoff. At one point Monsanto pushed his girlfriend outside the house, Romick said. The surrounding neighbors have been evacuated, according to Romick.

At about 9:30 a.m., police at the scene said there was no activity from the house overnight so they moved in on the home. FOX Carolina's photographer at the scene said officers were scene removing the man from the home a short time later.

Romick said Monsanto was arrested and taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of possible hypothermia. FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay said temperatures fell well below freezing overnight, with the wind chill dropping below 0 degrees in the Asheville area.

Police Chief William Anderson said officers found Monsanto hiding in an upstairs bedroom under a mattress, conscious but cold. He said they do not know how he was able to withstand the cold temperatures and tear gas that filled the home.

"We did put a lot of gas in the house last night and somehow he was able to defeat that, and survive in the house without the heat and everything, so that was a little surprising to us," Anderson said.

He said officers cut the power, heat and gas to the home overnight. Anderson said after Monsanto is evaluated at the hospital, they will interview him and determine what, if any charges will be filed.

Anderson did say that there were two outstanding warrants for Monsanto for discharging a weapon in the city and they had received involuntary commitment papers on him because they were concerned about him firing a weapon and his mental state.

Residents in some of the surrounding homes were allowed to return after Monsanto's capture, Anderson said.

In addition to the cold Monsanto faced inside his home, Anderson said Asheville police officers along with Buncombe and Henderson County deputies braved the winter weather. He said the did everything they could to end the situation safely and no one was injured.

As the investigation continues, Anderson said they will consult the district attorney's office about charges in the case.

Monsanto's bond is set at $40,000.

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