Wilson police officer shoots suspect

Police say man assaulted officer

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Updated: 2 p.m.

Police have released the name of the suspect involved in Tuesday morning’s incident involving a police officer. Officials said 36-year-old Jason B. Woodell of Wilson is currently in police custody and is being transported to Wilson Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. The name of the officer involved will be released later today, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud.

He said the incident being investigated by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation along with an internal review from the Wilson Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. The Wilson County District Attorney’s Office has also been contacted regarding the investigation, officials said.

A Wilson police officer shot a suspect in the shoulder early Tuesday morning after the suspect assaulted him and then advanced on him with a hammer, according to a release from the department.

The suspect has since been released from Vidant Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud. The officer didn’t receive any medical treatment for his injury, police said.

Shortly before 3 a.m., two Wilson police officers were sitting in their patrol cars working on reports in the parking lot of a church on Downing Street when they were approached by a 36-year-old man. During the encounter, the suspect assaulted one of the officers and then “advanced on them with a hammer,” Stroud said.

The officer who was assaulted fired his gun and struck the suspect in the shoulder, Stroud said. The Wilson Police Department contacted the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident, which is standard practice. The officer has been placed on administrative leave which is also standard practice pending the outcome of the investigation, Stroud added.

“The names of the suspect and the officer are being withheld at this time due to the time frame of the investigation,” Stroud said.