OXFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — A man trying to flee after being caught red-handed Thursday making a drug deal in the parking lot of an Oxford Bojangles hit a deputy, causing several officers to fire their guns, the Granville County Sheriff said Friday.
None of the bullets three deputies fired struck anyone, the Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins Jr. said.
After deputies spotted Shamar Wayquis Evans making a drug deal in the parking lot, one of them walked over toward Evans’ vehicle, Wilkins said. As the deputy approached, Evans ran into him with his car, flipping the deputy onto the hood of the car, Wilkins said. Two deputies drove an unmarked car into the path of Evans’ car, bringing him to a stop, according to the sheriff.
The deputy on the hood and two other deputies fired at Evans as well, the sheriff said.
While Evans wasn’t struck with a bullet, he was injured by debris in the car, the sheriff said. He was treated and released at a hospital before being taken to jail.
The deputy that was hit by the car was taken to the hospital for treatment and is doing well.
The three deputies who fired their weapons were placed on administrative leave, the sheriff said. Exact details of their employment histories weren’t immediately available, but none of them was a rookie, the sheriff said.
The deputies were in unmarked vehicles but had uniforms and tactical gear, he said.
Evans is facing a number of charges, including assault with a deadly weapons with intent to kill and possession with intent to manufacture, deliver and sell heroin.
Two other people in the car with Evans have not been charged.
The Granville County Sheriff’s Office and the Granville County District Attorney have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting, which happened at the Bojangles at 1019 Lewis St.
State authorities are looking for witnesses to the shooting.
“The SBI is seeking to identify and interview all witnesses to the shooting incident,” a news release states.
Anyone who saw the incident and hasn’t been contacted by state investigators is asked to call (919) 779-8188 during normal businees hours or (800) 334-3000.