The teenager was taken from an address on on Haw Branch Road in Onslow County to Vidant Medical Center in Pitt County, about 60 miles north.
He sustained life threatening injuries and was in a critical condition. It meanwhile remains unclear if his father used a weapon issued by the City of Jacksonville.
“This is a tragic event and this matter remains under investigation by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office,” Mr Lee said in a statement. “The reports, statements, and other evidence from the investigation will be provided to this office to determine what actions, if any, will be taken.”
The Jacksonville Police Department, who did not name the officer, said he had been put on administrative leave, NBC News reported.