Victim ID’d in deadly shooting in Buncombe Co.

Photo courtesy of the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office.


BUNCOMBE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man in connection to a fatal shooting.

Cameron Ellis McElrath, 20, of Swannanoa is charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, resisting public officers, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving while license revoked, and failure to stop for red light.

According to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, 911 was called around 2:45 a.m. Sunday for a victim with a gunshot wound to the head at a home on RC Cole Lane.

The victim is Robert Jacob Stewart, 23, of Asheville, according to the sheriff’s office.

Several hours later, McElrath was arrested after leading officers on a chase on Interstate 40.

He remains in the Buncombe County Detention Center under no bond as of Monday morning.