ONLY ON 3: Close friend of Leland PD officer talks about shooting
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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- As we first told you earlier this week, former Leland Police officer Sherry Lewis was shot in the groin multiple times during a training exercise in march. WWAY sat down with a long time friend of hers and found out more about what happened that day.

Skip Wittkofski has worked closely with Lewis for years when she helped with the D.A.R.E. program. He says he was one of the first people she called after being shot.

“Sherry called me two days after this happened and sherry's a tough person,” says Wittkofski. “I mean she's really a tough person and she was just about in tears when she was talking to me.”

He says several officers shot Lewis during the training exercise.

“I've seen the photos and she's bruised between the legs between both legs about twelve inches, almost to her knees,” said Wittkofski. “Sherry said they laughed about it. She kept telling them a few times to stop shooting her there.”

The Town of Leland agreed to settle with Lewis. Their insurance company will pay her and her attorney $25,000.

“Sherry is a tough, tough lady, but after this happened, it just broke her down and tore her apart,” said Wittkofski.

Lewis, who has been with Leland PD for ten years, also agreed to resign her position.

Wittkofski says Lewis has since had to get medical treatment for her injuries and is also seeing a psychologist.

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I know Ms. Lewis, and she was a great part of Leland and what happened is only known by Ms. Lewis and the officers present. There are many folks who will miss Sherry to include myself, but there are so many facts that have been so completely twisted and re-phrased to suit WWAY's agenda. It seems that the commenters believe that every officer in Leland is completely corrupt and totally useless. So in essence I wish Ms. Lewis the best, but really.....all the officers are currupt? Please people realize that you are making an assumption about a large group of people whom you do not know, nor may you ever meet. A large reason that you are unaware of this information is that WWAY is removing the positive comments about the Leland Police Department, I guess the fire will burn out if you allow water to be present. The fact that WWAY is so completely biased is utterly sickening, but at least there are alternatives....change the channel. Its not like it really matters anyway, your not going to post this.

No one ever said "the whole department" So stop dragging them into this. Their are some really great guys working here. Its the same names over and over and over. Its all about the "Timillicky Show" Timothy "low blow Billy" Jayne. Ricky "waste of air" Delapea, And Bill "I Love Me" Kozak. OMG!!! I GOT IT!!!! Let's hire a Private Investigator!!!??? I ---->"ASSUME"<---- he/she can fix all of this!!! I mean I "ASSUME" he/she went to Private Investigator School? "Change the channel!!?? I once again "assume" this will make it go away? Yall are a mess. K.Blue

Have you ever watched these jerks out on the four lane (74/76) They sit there waiting to catch a speeder and let him go a few miles ahead before they start to go after them. Then they en-danger everones lives by speeding over 120mph to catch them. I have seen this a dozen times in the past 2 years. They act like a bunch of teenagers, not adults. They do not deserve to keep their jobs.E

Sex Discrimination like this should not be tolerated. The men who did this should be fired! The Leland Police Department has lost the Public Trust in these men. Purely sickening. God bless her male friend for speaking out about this horrible behavior.

I guess everybody forgets that there are two sides to every story but that doesn't matter right? It seems like we have tried and convicted the LPD because, God knows, if WWAY reports it it must be true. You guys sound like a bigger bunch of thugs than what you are making LPD out to be. When I read some of these dumbass comments from you people I can see how Casey Anthony got off and how the idiot that spilled hot coffee on themselves got so rich. People keep saying how unfair it was that she had to resign and that her lawyer wasn't as prepared as the town's. SHE agreed to the terms, SHE agreed to resign. Nobody forced her to take that deal, she could have pushed it further but she didn't. SHE felt that the deal was fair. That would lead one to believe that she got exactly what she was looking for the whole time..a payday. I'm sure that WWAY's "independant sources" include a disgruntled former employee whom was fired. Maybe WWAY should look into their source's pasts..you will be suprised what you may find if you are looking under the right name. Just remember everything the news says is not always the truth.

This just in: angry recluses STILL UPSET about that damn cup of coffee lawsuit.

She received her whole $10,000 after taxes... If you get in a car accident and sue the other driver.. The insurance company gives you $10,000 almost automatically bc it's cheaper than going to court. It seems the town got their money's worth... $ 25,000 to make her go away! It seems to me she was looking for a lawsuit from the start. If this guy Skip saw the pictures and the pictures were marks to her legs .. Then that is not her "Groin area"!!! Seems odd that if they were harassing this poor lady, it would be in the groin area and not her breast!! How many times did she get hit in her "breast area"?
Wake up people... This sounds like an ambulance chasing attorney and a lady who was looking for a payday. Most people would have sued for at least their worth... And would have sued to have kept their job. Unless she was only making $18,000 year .. She knew she didn't have a case and settled for what she could get...
How it's poor pitiful me.. now we the tax payers must pay her to laugh all the way to the bank! Get real.. Officers put their lives on the line everyday and must see and experience horrible things... If this lady has to see a psychologist from this one incident, then she never deserved to wear that badge. Were there any other harassment incidents we don't know about?? I'm sure if there were she would have already released that to the media or had one of the "Lewis's" posting unsense on this website do it for her!!

I am sure she was aware of the dangers she would face on a daily basis in law enforcement. I am also pretty sure she did not expect these dangers or mistreatment to come from her fellow officer's. The Leland police dept has had a terrible rep from day one. The mere fact that they are in law enforcement in no ways excuses them from the rules and regulations everyone else has to abide by. If she did not have a case then why not fight, why pay and hope it would go away. I guess what you are saying is if they had also shot her in the breast area and she had held out for more money then it would be believable.

Way to tell the truth Skip. These guys are scum. They are fooling the people in the community they pretend to like and respect. All they care about are themselves! They will lie to everyone, open your eyes people!

Hey as punitive punishment...lets have all the pepole who did this to her...line up and shoot them mulitipl times in their dicks! Really ! COme on so the men couldn't handle having a lady on their team so they had to abuse her..seriously way to go leland pd..you are the low life readnecks I have always thought you are...so you got tired of grabbing your crouch and burping really loud and shooting dear and slapping your own families around that you figuired you would show this little lady what it is all about...every one of thoes mofos should be fired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well if you think about it a socalled police officer that has to shoot a female officer in the crotch has no balls anyway. so you have to shoot them in the ass that way you get right to there brains.it is what it is...the socalled chief proves that....He slid out of the town meeting the other night just like a snake. Big bad chief we in our town. But not for long his ass will be gone real soon if leland is lucky...

Wasn't one of those officers "Rick" written up several years ago for playing around and shooting other officers with Tassers? Sorry to see that Leland will never get away from that reputation......

Scary,if they can do this to one of thier own,or even THINK about doing something like this is very disturbing,it would make one wonder about thier activity's while in the field and how they are dealing with the general population as a whole,I have heard other horror story's about LPD, has thier proffessional standards dropped that LOW.

So, is the word for the lousy male police officers PIGS harsh enough? No. They are despicable low life scum and apparently no one will be treated with respect in their jurisdiction.That a woman should be treated to such pre-adolescent behavior in 2011 just proves how ignorant these jerks are; how the conservative approach with the white male in charge........oh, to hell with it. Fire them all.

Why isn't someone calling for an investigation!!! Please do not let this go on. Something is wrong at the Leland Police Dept.

Someone?????????? You as the citizens of Leland have to call for the SBI to investigate. These guys think that the so called "review" of themselves is enough to fool all of you! You all have to call the Sheriff, the Chief Superior Court Judge or any other representative you can think of to counteract these stupid ignorant people. GET MOVING LELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you only wake up today to this article?? Another misinformed citizen.. There was an investigation from the inside and outside of the agency!! They have wrote that in small ink... No fought was found by any police officer.. She received her whole $10,000 after taxes... If you get in a car accident and sue the other driver.. The insurance company gives you $10,000 almost automatically bc it's cheaper than going to court. It seems the town got their money's worth... $ 25,000 to make her go away! It seems to me she was looking for a lawsuit from the start. If this guy Skip saw the pictures and the pictures were marks to her legs .. Then that is not her "Groin area"!!! Seems odd that if they were harassing this poor lady, it would be in the groin area and not her breast!! How many times did she get hit in her "breast area"?
Wake up people... This sounds like an ambulance chasing attorney and a lady who was looking for a payday. Most people would have sued for at least their worth... And would have sued to have kept their job. Unless she was only making $18,000 year .. She knew she didn't have a case and settled for what she could get...
How it's poor pitiful me.. now we the tax payers must pay her to laugh all the way to the bank! Get real.. Officers put their lives on the line everyday and must see and experience horrible things... If this lady has to see a psychologist from this one incident, then she never deserved to wear that badge. Were there any other harassment incidents we don't know about?? I'm sure if there were she would have already released that to the media or had one of the "Lewis's" posting unsense on this website do it for her!!

I would normally side with the officers as I am one. However, I have seen how this department operates. It's more like a fraternity where the officers try to fit in, because if they don't they are ostracized. I have seen a former Sgt. and current Lt. drive stun an officer with a taser cause he found it funny. While Sherry might have her faults, I would not place her as one to try and get money. She was given a hard time when she came out of DARE but stuck with it and kept her mouth shut. There are some messed up things going on in that department.

So whomever "Seenfirsthand" is, they def. work in Leland, and then tries to say "that" department (kind of like I got a friend who knows)..... it seems like they themselves are ostracized from the department.......so the new prediction is how many bs lawsuits or investigations are about to come forward because all of the cowards are about to come out of the woodwork thinking they can get some money.....Now people will start thinking they will give money out to just about anyone with red hair or poor hearing

I used to work in Leland, I've moved on to bigger and better things with a department that actually looks after their officers. I work hard doing the job I do with no raise in 4 years. I'm not complaining and I will never look for a handout. I just think everyone else needs to know what goes on inside THAT department and have people realize that Sherry's experiences aren't isolated.

Let me get this straight....she did nothing wrong and she's the one who's resigning?? What's wrong with this picture?

Sounds like the actions of the small town "good old boys" league. Someone ought to shoot those guys (including the ignorant town manager, Mr. Farris) between the legs like that and then laugh at them. Ms Lewis deserves more than $18,000, and losing her job is ridiculous. Although, who would want to work with jerks like that after what she went through?

Sounds like they need some sex discrimination education in Leland!

is the Workers Compensation insurance provider picking up the tab for all of this medical and mental treatment?

I find it very hard to believe that a veteran female officer, with many years experience working with male officers and dealing with all sorts of characters in her line of work, would need psychiatric help to deal with something as minor as this. I can see where she might get ticked and maybe even file a complaint, but not this. Surely in her tenure as an officer, she has been through many encounters with her co-workers which could be considered sexual harassment/assault.