ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WMBF) – The man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Robeson County over the weekend had a toy gun in his possession, according to investigators.
According to information from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, authorities recovered a toy gun with a wooden stock and a metal bolt with a short barrel inside the vehicle the victim was in.
The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that deputies responded to the area of Janice Drive in Pembroke in reference to a 911 hang-up call at around 9:40 p.m. Saturday.
At the scene, deputies made contact with 46-year-old Matthew Oxendine, of Red Springs. Deputies said Oxendine was driving a vehicle on Janice Drive and was rushing the motor before backing it into the driveway and set fire to the headliner while still inside.
Authorities then attempted to get Oxendine out of the vehicle while calling the fire department to assist. Oxendine allegedly continued to make statements to deputies about bleeding out and made threats to officers. He then informed deputies that he had a weapon and previously served time in prison for shooting at law enforcement. Officials were able later to confirm he served three years in prison for assaulting an officer with a firearm in 2009.
Deputies said SWAT operators later arrived and also attempted to get Oxendine to exit the vehicle. As deputies observed fire and smoke from the car, Oxendine pointed what appeared to be a firearm in the direction of SWAT as they approached, authorities said. Oxendine was then shot and deputies called for EMS.
Oxendine was pronounced dead at the scene. According to SBI, the investigation is ongoing.