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FIRST ON 3: Former Leland officer Sherry Lewis talks about shooting, harassment within department

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For the first time since being shot during a training exercise in March, former Leland Police Officer Sherry Lewis sat down with us to describe what happened to her and the harassment she says she faced on a daily basis inside the police department.

Lewis says on March 10, her 10 year anniversary with the department, she attended a training exercise at Ft. Fisher. She says multiple officers and their wives told her that the supervising officers would target her during the training session.

“When I would begin my shift in the morning, if those supervisors vehicles were in the parking lot, I knew they were inside. Before I’d go in I’d take a couple of deep breaths,” Lewis said. “I’d prepare myself. I didn’t think about what could happen in the streets. That was pretty much, you knew what you may have to encounter out there. I’ve had plenty of encounters. You know I have in ten years. I’ve handled by business. But there, I have some type of control on what my actions can be. I had no inside. No matter what they did or said, I was at their mercy.”

By the end of the exercise, she says she was shot in between the legs at least 12 times with simulated ammunition. We have since learned that Officer Michael Landen was the cop that shot her all 12 times. As of today, neither the Town of Leland or the police department will say if Landen was ever disciplined.

We’ll have much more of Lewis’s interview Thursday starting on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5.

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