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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — WWAY has confirmed with two independent sources that Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne recently punched one of his officers during a bachelor party in Myrtle Beach.

The sources, who wish to remain anonymous, tell us Jayne slugged Officer John Holman and that other officers had to pull him off. Myrtle Beach Police were not called in to investigate.

The party was being thrown for Officer Aaron Naughton, who has resigned since then and now works in the security department at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The sources also tell us the chief and his officers took town-owned vehicles to Myrtle Beach.

We’ve reached out to Chief Jayne to get his side of the story. We also wanted to talk with him about a story we broke Tuesday regarding Officer Sherry Lewis being shot at least 12 times in the crotch by her fellow officers with training simulation ammunition. Lewis’s attorney says she was injured in the shooting.

Jayne told WWAY this morning, “We’re not going to make any comment on that or any information regarding that story. And that comes from the Town Manager’s office.”

Leland Town Manager Bill Farris said he could not confirm or deny the incident happened.

Both the police department and the Town of Leland are also refusing to tell us if the officers involved in the shooting were disciplined or not and what, if any, disciplinary action was taken.

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Leland Boy
2016 years 2 months ago

Most of you are correct in your assessment of the Leland Police. The problem with the department is that from the chief down the Sergeant Level you have the problem with the “good ole boys network.” Its a cushy job to work in Leland and the pay isn’t bad. I do realize these fine men could make more money in the private sector but they are choosing to do what they want to do.

The young officers are decent guys who if they utilize their skills can one day be productive members of the law enforcement community. The problem, the… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Get this. Chief Jayne is featured in an article in the latest North Brunswick Regional Magazine. He is shown as a shining example of what a police chief should be. Go figure.

Jean Benton Sidbury
2016 years 2 months ago

Maybe Officer Lewis should have taken aim and returned the favor on fellow officers….see how they like it….sounds fair to me

2016 years 2 months ago

New Hanover Regional Medical center does not have security, but it does however have a police department.

2016 years 2 months ago

First of all, I don’t know the first thing about the Leland PD, it’s officers, or it’s chief. I do know when somebody uses “sources,” that they are supposed to be somewhat reliable. Apparently that’s NOT the case and you tried to run with a story about a year (just a guess) too late. Simply googling the officers name and the word “wedding” will show you he was married in October of last year. Not only that, but maybe they had the town vehicles down there for a conference and it just coincided with this man’s bachelor party. Maybe it… Read more »

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