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Wilmington man who brought knife to a gunfight with State Trooper shot

State Highway Patrol investigated a fatal four-car crash on U.S. Highway 17 near the South Carolina border. (Port City Daily photo | FILE)
.(Port City Daily photo | FILE)

ROBESON COUNTY — A Wilmington man was shot by a State Highway Patrol (SHP) trooper on Monday following a roadside safety check of a commercial vehicle — a check that did not involve the victim.

The individual who was shot, identified as Justin Lee Workman, 29, of Wilmington, was injured.

“During the course of a roadside safety inspection of a commercial motor vehicle, a trooper was approached by an uninvolved armed individual.  The individual, who was armed with a knife, advanced towards the member who then discharged his firearm after verbal commands were ignored,” according to a release from the SHP.

The Patrol member, Trooper Roderick McDaniel, is an 18-year veteran of the SHP and is assigned to Troop B, District 9 which is based out of Cumberland County.

“Trooper McDaniel has been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation which is agency protocol in all officer-involved shootings. Additional details related to the incident cannot be provided due to the ongoing SBI investigation,” the release concluded.

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