WILSON, N.C. (WITN) - Wilson police have identified the officer who shot a suspect after the suspect allegedly assaulted the officer.
Officer W.J. Hine is on administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation reviews the shooting as is standard protocol.
Police say Officer Hine and another officer were sitting in their patrol cars at Calvary Pentecostal Church on Downing Street on Tuesday when Jason Woodell, 36, approached them.
Police say Woodell assaulted one of the officers and then came at them with a hammer, at which point Officer Hine shot the man in the shoulder.
Woodell was taken to the hospital and is receiving a mental health evaluation at the Wilson Medical Center.
Officer Hine has been with the Wilson Police Department since 2014.
The Wilson Police Department is encouraging anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.
The SBI is investigating after a man was shot following an assault of a police officer in a church parking lot.
Just before 3:00 a.m., two Wilson police officers were sitting in their patrol vehicles at Calvary Pentecostal Church on Downing Street when they were approached by a man.
According to a press release, the man, who has been identified as 36-year-old Jason Woodell, assaulted one of the officers and then began to come at them with a hammer.
The assaulted officer fired his weapon at Woodall, hitting him in the shoulder.
The man was transported to Vidant Medical Center and has since been released with a non-life threatening injury. The officer didn't receive medical treatment for his injury.
The officer that fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Police say Woodell is in police custody and is being taken to the Wilson Medical Center for a mental health evaluation, while the District Attorney's Office has been contacted.
The name of the officer who shot Woodell will be released later today, according to police.