Man shot while trying to attack Wilson police officers with hammer

WILSON, N.C. (WTVD) -- The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting that happened in Wilson early Tuesday morning.

Just before 3 a.m., two officers were in their patrol vehicles, working on reports in the parking lot of Calvary Pentecostal Church on Downing Street.

Officers said they were approached by 36-year-old Jason Woodell, who started cursing at them.

Reports state Woodell punched one of the officers through a car window.

The officer then exited his patrol car and was charged by Woodell.

The suspect then took out a hammer and charged at both officers.

Officer W.J. Hine fired at Woodell, hitting him in the shoulder.

Hine has been with Wilson Police Department since 2014. He was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation into the case.

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Meanwhile, Woodell was taken to Vidant Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

He was charged with misdemeanor assault on a law enforcement officer. He bonded out of jail a few hours later.

Officers said Woodell would undergo mental health evaluations at Wilson Medical Center.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (252) 399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 243-2255.
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