Thomasville officer shoots, injures man who charged at him with knife

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

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. – A Thomasville police officer is on administrative leave after shooting and injuring a man who charged at him with a knife, according to police.

The Thomasville Police Department said they received a call about a man who had warrants for his arrest walking in the area of National Highway on Friday night.

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

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

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.

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