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A Wilson police officer shot a suspect in the shoulder early Tuesday morning after authorities say the man attacked him and then advanced on him with a hammer, authorities said.
The suspect, 36-year-old Jason B. Woodell of Wilson, was released from Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with non life-threatening injuries after the incident Tuesday, according to police.
Officials did not identify the police officer involved as of press time Tuesday night. The officer didn’t receive any medical treatment for his injury, police said. Woodell was in police custody Tuesday afternoon and was slated to be taken to Wilson Medical Center for a mental health evaluation, officials said.
Shortly before 3 a.m., two Wilson police officers were sitting in their patrol cars working on reports in the parking lot of Calvary Pentecostal Church on Downing Street when Woodell approached them, Sgt. Steve Stroud said. During the encounter, Woodell assaulted one of the officers and then “advanced on them with a hammer,” Stroud said.
The officer who’d been attacked fired his gun and struck Woodell in the shoulder, police said. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is examining the shooting, which is standard protocol. The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is also standard practice pending the outcome of the investigation, Stroud said.
The Wilson Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division is conducting its own parallel investigation. Stroud said the Wilson County District Attorney’s Office has also been contacted regarding the investigation.