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.