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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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24 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Close friend of Leland PD officer talks about shooting"

it dosent matter
2015 years 10 months ago

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.

2015 years 10 months ago

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

jeanne rhein
2015 years 10 months ago

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.

Polly 2
2015 years 10 months ago

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!

2015 years 10 months ago

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!!


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