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Gastonia man shot by police charged with attempted murder

A Gastonia man that police say was caught in the act of stabbing a convenience store clerk Saturday night has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Brady Alan Hines, 46, was shot and seriously injured Saturday night when a Gastonia police detective reportedly found Hines stabbing a night-shift clerk at the QuikTrip gas station on Long Avenue, officials said.

The detective, Jeff Wooten, walked into the store around 10:30 p.m., saw the attack and confronted Hines, who was still armed with a knife, before shooting and seriously injuring the assailant, police said.

Hines was treated at CaroMont Regional Medical Center and charged early Monday morning, according to Gaston County Jail records.

Hines made an initial court appearance Monday and was given a $1 million bond, jail officials confirmed. Details about Hines’ next scheduled court appearance were not immediately available.

The clerk and stabbing victim, Ryan Sherwood, was “resting and recuperating” at his home on Sunday, said QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh. The stabbing and shooting were captured on video by the store’s surveillance cameras, Thornbrugh said, but the company only releases such video to police investigators.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting and will present its findings to the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office, police said.

The Gastonia Police Department Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation, police said.

Wooten, 51, is a veteran detective who has worked with the department since July 1988. He is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, police said.

He has been placed on paid administrative leave, while an administrative investigation is conducted. That’s standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting, police said.

Staff writers Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Elisabeth Arriero contributed.

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