A Gastonia Police detective is on paid administrative leave after he fired shots Saturday night.
The shots were fired at the QuikTrip on East Long Avenue in Gastonia around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Police say Brady Hines attacked the QuikTrip store clerk, Ryan Sherwood, with a knife.
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Detective Jeff Wooten was reportedly inside the QuikTrip in his full police duty uniform during the attack. That's when he intervened by pulling Hines away from stabbing Sherwood. This resulted in a confrontation where authorities say Detective Wooten ended up shooting Hines.
Hines was taken Caramont Regional Medical Center with severe injuries. Sherwood was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer involved shooting and will present their findings to the Gaston County District Attorney's Office. The Gastonia Police Department Office of Professional Standards is conducting the administrative investigation.
Detective Wooten, 51, is a veteran detective who has worked with the department since July 1988. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.
Wooten has been placed on paid administrative leave, while an administrative investigation is conducted, which police say is standard procedure.