A Tuesday night shootout in Waynesville left one man dead and two men custody. The shootout happened at about 8 p.m. near the corner of Railroad and Scates streets.
Waynesville Police Chief David Adams said the individuals involved were James Rhinehart, 41, Troy Rhinehart, 39, and Jesse Martin, 42; he added that James and Troy Rhinehart are brothers. While all three men are thought to have been armed, only Martin was wounded.
Martin was taken to Mission Hospital in Asheville, where he was pronounced dead.
Adams provided some insight into the motive. “It’s a love triangle type of deal that led to the shooting,” he said, adding that the dispute was over one of the men’s wife.
“There was an array of bullets fired between Troy and Jesse,” Adams added.
Adams said that while there were no other injuries, there was some property caught in the crossfire.
“At least one or two houses were hit by stray bullets, and a vehicle was struck,” he said.
Although the Rhineharts fled the scene prior to first responders arriving, they were later located at a residence on East Street.
While Adams couldn’t elaborate on exactly what firearms were used, he did say it was two semi-automatic handguns and a shotgun. He added that it isn’t yet known who initiated the altercation and that the case is still under investigation.
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, Haywood County EMS and the Waynesville Fire Department also responded to the scene.
Both brothers have been charged with violent crimes in the past. James Rhinehart has faced charges of simple assault and communicating threats. Troy Rhinehart has previously been charged with assault on a female, assault by strangulation, communicating threats and making a threatening phone call.
In a video hearing Wednesday, both were issued $1 million bonds. Both are being held at the Haywood County Detention Center and are scheduled to appear in court at the Haywood County Justice Center on June 30.