Thomasville Police Department releases name of officer involved in shooting

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Gene Oxendine Jr., 29, of Thomasville (pictured right)

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — The Thomasville Police Department has released the name of the officer who shot and injured a man who charged at him with a knife.

Officer Dustin C. Gallimore, 30, has been employed with the Thomasville Police Department since January 2015. Gallimore was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting.

On March 25, the police department received reports about a man, who was wanted on several outstanding warrants, walking in the area of National Highway.

Officer Gallimore responded and found a man fitting the suspect’s description in the 600 block of National Highway at  7:21 p.m., according to police.

Police said Gallimore got out of his vehicle and tried to make contact with the suspect, who then charged at him while armed with a knife.

The officer retreated behind his patrol vehicle, but police say the suspect was still charging at him and closing in.

Shots were fired and the officer called for EMS, which arrived at the scene at about 7:25 p.m., according to police.

The suspect was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical but stable condition. The officer was not injured.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings. The Thomasville Police Department said it is also conducting an internal investigation.

The suspect has been identified as Gene Oxendine Jr., 29, of Thomasville.

At the time of the shooting, the suspect had outstanding warrants for felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of assault on a female, two counts of habitual misdemeanor assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and injury to personal property.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.