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Granville officer, suspect hurt during Oxford drug arrest and officer-involved shooting

Posted February 23
Updated February 24

— Officers with the Granville County Drug Unit were involved in a shooting when trying to arrest a suspect wanted on drug charges in a Bojangles' parking lot off U.S. Highway 15 in Oxford.

Granville police were tracking down Shamar Evans in an ongoing drug investigation and attempting to arrest him during a drug sale.

An officer was injured when Evans tried to run him over in a dark-colored car. The suspect was not shot, but he was injured by debris from the bullet shattering a window, according to Granville County Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins, Jr.

Evans, 26, has been charged with five counts of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of heroin, and possession of heroin with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver. More charges forthcoming.

The suspect was transported to the hospital and is being held at the Granville County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Two other people, who were in the suspect's car, are detained.

Three officers with the Granville County Drug Unit were involved in the incident and fired a weapon. Six officers were at the scene at the time of the incident.

The injured officer suffered injuries to his knee and leg but has been released from the hospital.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, which is common practice in officer-involved shootings. The three deputies are on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

The SBI said Friday it wants to talk to anyone who witnessed the incident.

Anyone with information that could help investigators should call 919-779-8188.

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  • Janet Ghumri Feb 24, 11:14 a.m.
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    Another instance of the police being treated like the enemy. They have a job to do, and if you are doing something wrong /illegal their JOB is to stop you. They aren't on the streets for fun. They need the respect and assistance of the citizens in order to maintain our nice safe neighborhoods and cities. Treating them as the enemy is only makes it harder for them, which reflects how well they can do the job. You can't treat them like your enemy and then depend on them for help when you need them. They have families that depend on them to come home after work. Prayers for the families of all (yes, even the suspects)