One Dead, One Arrested After Shooting In Buncombe Co.

Robin Renee Richardson
Robin Renee Richardson (From: Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Office)

One person was killed and another was arrested following a shooting Friday evening on Crestwood Drive in the Royal Pines community in Buncombe County.

Buncombe County Deputies have arrested 47-year-old Robin Renee Richardson and charged her with first degree murder for the shooting that happened just after 8:00pm.

Deputies say 51 year old Timothy Lee Fry was killed in the shooting.

WLOS news in Asheville confirms that Fry was a long-time member of their staff along with parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group, working most recently in the organization as the regional sales manager.

Richardson is being held in the Buncombe County Detention Facility with no bond.

Deputies tell us Richardson’s first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

A bond hearing will be held for Richardson at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Buncombe County Courthouse (60 Court Plaza).

WLOS/WMYA General Manager Jack Connors issued this statement after Fry’s death:

“It is with an enormous sense of loss that I have to inform you about the tragic death of a long time WLOS/WMYA employee, Tim Fry.  Tim was shot and killed last night at his home in Arden at around 8 pm, according to information from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.  47-year old Robin Richardson is in custody in connection with the case and has been charged with first degree murder.

Tim, a Florida native and a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida, came to News 13 and My40 almost 15 years ago.  He served as a skilled and successful Sales Account Executive, National Sales Manager and as our first Digital Sales Manager.  In 2014 he was given a new Sinclair corporate position as a Regional Sales Manager, overseeing digital sales for as many as nine markets.   He worked with almost twenty stations in TV DMA’s including Charleston SC, Columbia SC, Mobile/Pensacola, Myrtle Beach SC, Quincy IL, Tallahassee FL, West Palm Beach FL and, of course, Asheville/Greenville.

Tim Fry was approachable, great with technology, quick, exceptionally organized and outgoing.   He was the kind of guy who would volunteer to help people on a weekend, discuss the Carolina Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday morning and pour through car and truck catalogs, whether he was in the market for a “new ride” or just kicking tires.  His frequent promotions were a testimony to a terrific work ethic and a love of all things digital.

In a business where people focus so much on what’s going on in their departments, Tim was open, friendly, calm, competent and easy to talk to.  His death is a huge personal and professional loss to everyone he knew.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family and a legion of friends, customers and associates.”

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