The State Highway Patrol has released the name of the sergeant involved in the Monday evening shooting in Lumberton, N.C.
According to the preliminary information, on Monday, October 10th at approximately 8:08 p.m., two members of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office accompanied by a sergeant with the State Highway Patrol were conducting search and rescue operations in Lumberton. The information shows while traveling on a flooded portion of west Fifth Street, the officers encountered a male individual. The male became hostile towards the officers and displayed a handgun. After observing the handgun, the sergeant shot the man who succumbed to his injuries.
The sergeant has been identified as J. F. Hinson. Hinson is a 13-year veteran assigned to the Troop B District 7 Lumberton State Highway Patrol office located in Robeson County. He has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation which is standard operating procedure in any Patrol involved shooting.
At the request of the Highway Patrol, the State Bureau of Investigation is conducting the shooting investigation.
Investigators are in the process of identifying and locating the next of kin of the deceased. Once notification has been made; that information will be provided in a follow-up release.