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FIRST ON 3: Leland police officer caught in town controversy is fired

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The police officer who was allegedly hit by Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne at a party has been fired. If you’ve been following our coverage of the situation in Leland, you’ve heard of Officer John Holman.

Leland Town Manager David Hollis says Holman was fired from the Leland Police Department Thursday. This decision comes after months of turmoil involving the officer.

Sources say Holman has been the target of Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne ever since our story aired saying Jayne hit Holman in the stomach at a bachelor party in Myrtle Beach.

Holman has reportedly had to take lie detector tests to prove he has not been the source of information to us and other media. Holman has repeatedly declined to interview with us, saying his lawyer has advised him against speaking out. Other sources have spoken on Holman’s behalf claiming he was the center of the chief’s anger.

Our sources say Holman was put on administrative leave two weeks ago with pay. Then last Friday, Holman’s gun and badge were taken away. Hollis says he met with Holman Wednesday, but he could not discuss the officer’s leave because Hollis said it was not disciplinary.

Hollis did say in a later conversation that Holman was terminated Thursday, but he could not go into detail about why. Hollis says Holman has ten days to appeal the decision. He says Holman has not filed anything yet.

We tried to speak with John Holman again tonight, but he did not return our calls.

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