Asheville police say they have closed a case involving an assault during a downtown protest that put the leader of SKYline News in the hospital.
APD Public Information Officer Christina Hallingse told News 13 the department has "exhausted all leads" regarding an incident on Sep. 23 that led to Chad Nesbitt's injuries. The case has been closed, however Hallingse said if any new information related to the incident is presented, APD will reopen the investigation.
Read APD's full statement on the case below:
The Asheville Police Department (APD) has exhausted all leads related to the September 28 assault that led to Mr. Nesbitt's injuries, and has closed the case. However, if new information were to be presented to law enforcement, or a suspect was to come forward, the case would be reopened and investigated accordingly.
Nesbitt had been livestreaming protests that erupted that Wednesday night following a grand jury's decision to not charge Louisville, Kentucky police for the killing of Breonna Taylor when the incident occurred. In his Facebook Live, Nesbitt appeared to be surrounded by protesters when his camera moved suddenly and his Facebook livestream abruptly ended.
Police responded to the scene at about 10 p.m. on Spruce Street near Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square public park. News 13 crews witnessed the moment Nesbitt was taken away in an ambulance.
A Mission Health spokesperson said Nesbitt suffered a traumatic brain injury. According to a release from SKYline in early October, Nesbitt suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear.
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