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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Leland agreed to settle with a Leland Police officer who was shot in the groin multiple times with training ammunition during an exercise.

The town’s insurance company will pay Sherry Lewis $18,750 and her attorney $6,250. Lewis also agrees to resign her position, and neither party will admit fault or liability.

We asked Town Manager Bill Farris if the officer that shot Lewis had been disciplined.

“I couldn’t tell you an answer to that,” Farris said. “I don’t know that anybody shot anybody.”

Then we asked if he denied the shooting happened.

“I’m not denying anything,” Farris said. Then he got up and left the interview.

We also asked Mayor Walter Futch about the incident, which happened in March. He said he hadn’t talked to Farris about it until yesterday and added that Hurricane Irene, which passed through our area in three weeks ago, had taken up most of his time lately.

When asked about Police Chief Tim Jayne punching another officer, Futch said he hadn’t talked to Farris about that issue. Futch said he’s not involved with hiring and firing, and that he left that up to Farris.

We asked Futch if he was Farris’s boss. He said he wasn’t, but finally admitted that the council actually was, but that he would need at least three votes to do anything about Farris.

“I’m out of touch. That’s exactly right,” Futch said. “I stay in my purview, which is policy making, and I let the town manager handle all the other stuff. I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to tell him what to do.”

We asked Chief Jayne for a comment as well. He told us he needed to step out and that he would be right back, but then got in his car and left.

Mayor Futch has agreed to join us for a live follow-up interview Friday during WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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  • Guest879879

    I couldn’t agree more! Well said.

  • Not at all surprised

    I would like to let Sherry know that there are so many people in Leland that appreciate all the things she has done in the past. What a hard working, genuinely good person! She ALWAYS busted her butt for the Department and for the Town. There are several teens that probably would not have even made it through high school if it were not for Sherry. Good for you Sherry… for finally speaking up ! I can remember when the officers treated you like crap 5 years ago…It didn’t start with Mr. Jayne…What was that last chiefs name?..You know, the one who looked like Charley Chann…ha What a jerk and a joke…and always did nothing about similar things that went on. You know, how do these things continually keep getting swept under the rug? I thought when they hired Jayne, he may change things some. I guess not. To all of you people that think Sherry has been waiting for an opportunity to file a suit and then retire with loads of money….get real…she loved her work… when they crapped on her several years back and while she worked with the teens at the high school..she loved it all. Too bad the LAPD jokers aren’t more like her.
    To the guys that repeatedly shot Sherry….Do you have a Mother ? You know Sherry has a son. How would you like to hear that someone did your Mother that way? What goes around comes around…you did it to yourselves.
    Town of Leland……wake up….there are so many things that happen at Town Hall and get covered up ..you would be amazed!


    you think there were any positive comments about Leland??? A turd is a turd..

  • Guest00000

    Why is it that the comments that have been pro-leland police have been removed by WWAY? WWAY decides to sensationalize a story that HAS been resolved, and also allow people with problems with the Leland Police Department to have an open forum to bash anyone by name, rank, or position, without regard to the facts in the issue and anyone who has an opinion other that which will continue to drive this story, is deleted. Just another reason why WWAY is the Weekly World News of the local news industry.



  • Jean Sidbury

    Officer Lewis had to resign her position????? Then Jayne should have to resign his….and ALL officers involved…this is so unfair…Sherry is one of the BEST they ever had….she REALLY cared….This makes me want to spit bullets. What an idiot Chief…Would a MALE officer have to resign if the complaint had been the other way around? I DON’T THINK SO!!!

  • Brunswick County Resident

    Anyone who has ever worked for Leland or lives in Leland knows that the Mayor is in control. Bill Farris and Walter Futch meet regularly behind closed doors and Bill Farris does exactly as he is told. Make no mistake he is 100% involved in the personnel issues because in the Town of Leland it is his way or the highway.In fact they wheel and deal and decide what they want, then they decide what lies they will present to the rest of the council so they can get things their way.The Mayor is trying to save face for his future political ambitions. Bill Sue, you need to protect your spot when you leave or all of Brunswick County will be hurting.The same goes for the reset of the Council. Those with political dreams will look the other way, say they weren’t aware, but in reality they cave just so they can keep what they think they have.

    As far as the amount that is probably all the Town of Leland was willing to offer because they need to hold on to some. They probably have future claims coming.

    Bill Farris is already scheduled to retire and don’t be surprised if the town forces Jayne out. Oh, and by the way, the force out will come at a price. It will be presented to the public that it was mutual but in fact they will pay him to resign because that is the way they operate. Instead of handling things they just dump.

  • Peyton Garrett

    Walter Futch, What a loudmouth jerk. He is usually in touch with anything he can become controversial about, get his name to the forefront. Town personnel? He is like Sergeant Shultz. I see nothing, I know nothing. Walter, You better learn something about the character of your Key personnel or else Leland’s insurance carrier will be writing more checks. Perhaps You have known about the shenanigans going on because You are right in the middle of them?

  • SurfCityTom

    as predicted yesterday, the papers have been drawn up and a payment agreed to. The attorney gets 25% of the total amount paid for what appears to be little work.

    But, did the agreement release the Police Chief and Town Manager from personal liability? The report only refers to the town. If it did not, she has 3 years, from last March, to bring actions against those persons.

    Will she work again in law enforcement, someone asked? Good question. She did nothing wrong as evidenced in a check being written with her name on it. One might think Sheriff Ingram or Sheriff MaMann would discuss a position on their staffs with her.

    Can she file for workers comepnsation benefits? Good question; and one which I would hesitate to answer without reviewing the agreement which accompanies her payment.

    Next Step–let the voters begin raising enough cain with the elected officials and perhaps the Town Manager will be encouraged to seek alternate employment. Voters — it’sin your court now.

  • Leland Boy

    Stay with this story WWAY. This story is only going to get better as time goes by. There are quite a few attorneys with litigation pending. There are FBI Agents waiting for the invite to come into Leland and Investigate.

    Its just a matter of time before this house of cards comes to a abrupt end.

  • SurfCityTom

    someone has better sources than I. There’s a follow up.

    Have Wuzzardo down in Leland when that state agency conducts its review. Have him ask the tough questions of them and Farris.

    Is Farris any relation to Ferris Bueller who was always taking days off?

  • Guest999999

    Obviously this wasn’t what sherry Lewis and her friends made it out to be. I think it’s funny the agreement that they came to $18 grand? That’s like 6months pay and she is out of a job. No one will hire her now knowing she will sue them for stupid petty stuff. Sometimes it’s easier to pay someone to leave and get rid of them than to fight it. This was well worth the $18,000! Good riddance!

  • Guest7896

    So another “jerk” rears his head. She was shot!! By cops!!! Her “FELLOW” officers!!!! If there isn’t something wrong here, then I guess Leland is counting on the community to be as ignorant as you are. Come on Leland, don’t we deserve better then this group of thugs to protect us?!?!

  • Ken

    If you think she sued over “Stupid Petty Stuff”, I can only hope all the people of Leland are not as ignorant and short sighted as you are.

  • ladycop30

    Not sure what happened here but had she shot them in their groins they’d all be screaming… I just wish she wouldn’t resign… That is the one thing that really bothers me! LADIES! Stay in the game and don’t let them run you out!

  • Concerned Resident

    I have contacted all kinds of government officials in Brunswick County regarding a situation in my family where someone was arrested without a warrant. Everyone told me it was an “honest mistake”. I have contacted the mayor, pro temp, and every other government official I could think of to ask that they investigate the Leland Police Department. Futch never responded but others did and basically told me to take it up with Chief Jayne myself, who continues to tell me that wrongful arrest and police officers aiding in stealing property is an “honest mistake”. No one will investigate further than the word of the police Chief and in light of someone being shot in the crotch and him getting in a fight, I would think they would at the very least humor me and say they investigated.

    Everyone in office in Brunswick county needs to hold on tight as I am contacting every federal agency I can think of in an effort to get to the bottom of the situation.

    All I want are answers and I get literally four accounts of the same incident, and then the mayor doesn’t have the decency to call me back.

    These men are liars and are out not of the loop. They simply take up for each other so they can keep their easy jobs and retain power.

    I suppose it isn’t crime to lie to someone that isn’t directly involved in the situation, however, it makes me lose faith in the legal system and makes me believe all the claims that the “good ol’ boy network” is still alive and kickin’ in North Carolina.

  • Stop Corruption in Leland

    To Liar,

    I may be able to help your cause. Email me the specifics at stoplelandcorruption@yahoo.com.

    I need everything you have and who you have talked to, dates, times, etc.

    Justice will be served. They say you can’t fight government. Well, you can and we’re winning!!!

  • Guest7865

    Stick with it WWAY!!! Don’t let these snakes get away with this. There is so much more to this! Good question – why wasn’t the Sgt that shot not fired!?!

  • Guest999999

    Get away with what? Her and her lawyer agreed to this settlement. It’s over! What else is there for wway to say?

  • Guest99999

    What part of 18 grand don’t you understand. Obviously it wasn’t that big of a deal for her and her attorney to settle on this. Media aways try’s to make it 100 times worse than what it really is. WAKE UP and see the truth!

  • Guest9976

    So my question is why aren’t the officers that were shot by Sherry filing suit against her for her shooting them? She shot them too!She shot her “FELLOW” officers!!!! It was a TRAINING EXERCISE!!! THE POINT IS TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES AND BEING SHOT IS PART OF THAT LEARNING PROCESS! Maybe Sherry can use that $18,000 to pay for the other officers’ injuries!

  • Ski

    Apparenty she was shot with the equivalent of a paintball gun while training. Paintballs not likely to cause much serious injury. Maybe a bruise. Officers in this training were expected to get hit by the paintballs. This is what I picked up out of today’s paper. She was not “shot” as in with a lead bullet..

  • Guest7896

    Wow – that corrupt department needs to hire you as their PR person – great you can be so blind that it was an intentional assault and not a “training exercise”. No one else was shot in the crotch!! The learning process is that you need to learn about the difference between “training” and “assault”!!

  • Jean Sidbury

    Did Lewis shoot them in the groin? The point IS NOT the training exercise, the POINT IS WHERE SHE WAS SHOT….Do you REALLY think that if the shoe had been on the other foot that the MALE officer would have to resign?.I don’t think so..Obviously you don’t live in Leland..I have all my life..and have seen and heard some things..but this really takes the cake.

  • Jean Sidbury

    Apparently you haven’t been shot with a paintball or air-soft slug…..in a sensitive part of your body


    will get away with anything because they know the public has a short memory, given time everyone will forget and not continue to hold their feet to the fire. Why do you think they can continue to get away with the crap they do? About a week from now this will be forgotten UNLESS the public keeps the pressure on..

  • urkidding

    So her job is only worth $18,000?? You would think she would want more since she will never be able to get a job in law enforcement again. Sounds to me like theres more to her side of the story than she is telling also. Why didn’t she report it when it happened??? If I got hurt on the job I would have made workers comp pay for it. There are way to many unanswered questions from both sides to point any fingers at who was wrong. This will go away like most of the issues that involve Police and Sheriffs Departments in our area with nothing done about it. I don’t blame the Officers or Deputies I blame the leaders in there departments and the Government Officials that allow these things to happen.

  • Guest350

    I was very sympathetic with the female officer in the beginning, but am very disappointed that she knuckled under for a few thousand dollars. I guess most anyone can be “bought”, even if it includes trashing a professional career. Sounds like she got what she was after all the time.

  • Guest2011

    This is my personal opinion. If the Mayor and the Town Manager are so out of touch with there community then why are they in office? Why don’t we get people in there that actually care about the community and making it better a place for all? The Mayor says “voted for him to set policy and not worry about personnel issues or the town’s credibility.” Any time a town votes for a official, it is to represent them and to represent the community and to make change, to make a difference. It is obvious these two men care nothing about the community, and we need a new mayor and a new town manager that want to make a difference, not just abuse there position in order to make themselves look and feel important.

  • Guest2011

    This is my personal opinion. If the Mayor and the Town Manager are so out of touch with there community then why are they in office? Why don’t we get people in there that actually care about the community and making it better a place for all? The Mayor says “voted for him to set policy and not worry about personnel issues or the town’s credibility.” Any time a town votes for a official, it is to represent them and to represent the community and to make change, to make a difference. It is obvious these two men care nothing about the community, and we need a new mayor and a new town manager that want to make a difference, not just abuse there position in order to make themselves look and feel important.

  • unfair justice

    sherry lewis reported the occurance as soon as it happend to town officels, she was shot mutliple times in the groin and when she yelled out to cess fire they laughed and said if you cant handel it then leave, at which point they cont. firing. because she rode in with these poor excuse’s of police officers, she called me to pick her up, she left the grounds in tears. she was then taken to med-care for evaluation. what this all amounts to is she got a timid lawer that was unprepaired. let the record speak for itself, sherry is beloved by most leland residents and has done nothing but positive acts for the town, as for the rest of lpd well they speak for there selfs

  • Guest7865

    Oh, there’s plenty more – this is just a part of what has been going on in Leland. For years, this has been a dirty department and now that they’ve run off officers that objected to this type of abuse, there’s nothing to stop them – except exposing them!!

  • No More

    Do you really think Sherry Lewis got what she wanted? This woman wanted to work! Do you think $18,000 is worth this? Do you think she wanted to get shot in the crotch with hopes of getting half her salary in one lump sum. Come on!

    She settled because once again, the town took advantage of the situation. The town’s attorneys did a better job than Sherry’s attorney.

    You really should not be so quick to judge. Sherry Lewis’ life will be forever changed because of this. Please spend your energy on solving the problem, rather than perpetuating it!


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