BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – A man was convicted on assault charges in Superior County Thursday in Buncombe County.
According to a news release from the Buncombe County district attorney’s office, Jonathan Bedrosian, 37, was convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault with a deadly weapon on a governmental official, after pleading guilty on Thursday.
Bedrosian was sentenced to 36 months minimum and 56 months maximum in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
According to the release, Bedrosian stabbed and slashed Lt. Michael Lamb during an incident on May 11, 2018, which resulted in the officer shooting him.
Police responded to the In Town Motor around 7:45 a.m. on May 11 after they received reports of a man screaming and damaging property.
Lt. Lamb arrived at the scene around 8:10 a.m. and spoke with the manager of the motel who said Bedrosian was causing a disturbance.
The manager told him that Bedrosian was destroying property and disturbing other tenants, and wanted him removed from the property.
Lamb went to his room and tried to speak with him through the closed door, where Bedrosian was screaming, yelling, speaking gibberish and singing songs.
Asheville Police Department’s crisis team were called to the scene and worked to de-escalate the situation.
While trying to speak with him, items could be heard crashing or breaking within the room.
Police got a master key from the manager to get into the room, but were unable to get inside.
Lamb went to the Lodge to climb a balcony to get into the room from the outside of the building, and saw the sliding door to the room slightly open.
According to the release, when Lamb started opening the door, Bedrosian charged at him with a box cutter in his right hand and started stabbing and slashing him.
A struggle occurred and Lamb fired his service weapon at Bedrosian seven times, and three of those rounds hit Bedrosian.
Lamb then called for medical help for Bedrosian.
According to the release, Lamb suffered open wounds to his head, including a deep cut to his earlobe, which required stitches.
Police said Bedrosian continued to be combative even after the shooting and other officers helped Lamb get him into handcuffs.
District Attorney Williams and the APD requested that SBI investigate the case.
Before Bedrosian’s sentencing, Lamb was consulted and approved of the negotiated sentence.
“The evidence is clear that on May 11, 2018 Lt. Lamb was intentionally attacked by a dangerous
assailant with a deadly weapon. During the attack, because Lt. Lamb was on a small second floor porch
above a parking lot, Lt. Lamb had nowhere to retreat or take cover as Bedrosian emerged to attack him
with a box cutter. Lamb was justified in using deadly force to repel the deadly threat presented. Prior to
Lt. Lamb accessing the balcony, officers had exhausted attempts to deescalate by utilizing a crisis
intervention team and made several requests that Bedrosian exit his unit, as requested by the manager
of the property. I determined that there will be no charges against Lt. Lamb in regard to this event.”
“Thankfully, both Lt. Lamb and Bedrosian are recovering from the injuries they sustained,” District
Attorney Todd Williams said.
According to the release, the court ordered Bedrosian to receive mental health services and counseling while in prison.