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Town of Leland settles wth police officer shot in groin; Mayor says he is “out of touch”

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. He told us he didn’t know anything about that. When asked if he was denying the shooting happened, he got up and abruptly left the interview.

We also asked Mayor Walter Futch about the incident. He said he hadn’t talked to Farris about it until yesterday and added that the hurricane had taken up most of his time lately. When asked about Police Chief Tim Jayne punching another officer, he 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 wasn’t 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 Ferris. When asked if Futch wasd “out of touch,” he admitted that he was, that the people who elected him only voted for him to set policy and not worry about personnel issues or the town’s credibility.

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 proceeded to get in his car and leave.

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

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