Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.
Officials have identified the police officer who was involved in Tuesday’s shooting as W.J. Hine.
He’s been with the department since 2014 and is currently assigned to South District as a patrol officer, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud.
Hine has been placed on administrative duty while the investigation is ongoing.
Early Tuesday morning, Hine and another officer were sitting in their patrol cars working on reports when a suspect, 36-year-old Jason B. Woodell of Wilson, approached them, police say.
During the encounter, Woodell assaulted Hine and then “advanced on them with a hammer,” Stroud said.
Hine fired his gun and struck Woodell in the shoulder, police said. Woodell was released from the hospital Tuesday with non life-threatening injuries.
Woodell is still receiving a mental health evaluation at the Wilson Medical Center.
“Criminal charges will be addressed after Woodell receives any necessary mental health treatment,” Stroud said.
Hine didn’t receive any medical treatment for his injury on Tuesday, police said.