Man killed in Robeson County deputy-involved shooting


One sent in critical condition to Grant after shooting Saturday night.

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities say a man was killed in a deputy-involved shooting in Robeson County Saturday night.

Deputies responded to 32 Janice Drive in Pembroke just before 10 p.m. in reference to a 911 hang-up call.

The dispatcher was able to make contact with the caller, who stated “I’m just going to bleed out,” and disconnected the call again. Medics were dispatched to the location as well.

Once on scene, deputies located 46-year-old Matthew Oxendine of Red Springs.

Authorities say Oxendine was driving a vehicle on Janice Dr. and was rushing the motor. Oxendine then backed the vehicle into the driveway and set fire to the interior headliner of the vehicle while still inside of it.

The deputies then requested the Fire Department to respond to the scene and attempted to get Oxendine out of the vehicle in order to receive medical attention.

Oxendine continued to make statements to the officers about bleeding out and made threats of harming law enforcement officers. Oxendine told deputies he had a weapon and had served prison time for shooting at law enforcement in the past.

Authorities say Oxendine served three years in prison in 2009 for assaulting a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

SWAT operators responded and attempted to get Oxendine to exit his vehicle as well. While speaking to Oxendine, deputies observed fire inside of the vehicle and smoke was coming from the vehicle.

Authorities say Oxendine was shot after he pointed what appeared to be a firearm at SWAT operators who approached his vehicle.

The fire was extinguished.

Oxendine was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation.

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins and District Attorney Matt Scott are asking for prayers for the victims family as well as the deputies involved.

All officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave.

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