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.