Man accused of shooting cop in Fort Mill charged by feds

adys@heraldonline.comJanuary 9, 2014 

— The fugitive charged with attempted murder and weapons charges in the Tuesday shooting of a police officer in Fort Mill is now facing federal charges and is in a Charlotte jail.

Federal prosecutors have charged James William Lewis, 31, with violations of interstate commerce laws, federal court documents show. Lewis stole paychecks from California when he robbed a fast food restaurant in Pineville, N.C., on Dec. 12, the documents allege.

Lewis was charged Thursday in York County with attempted murder and weapons charges after allegedly shooting Charlotte officer Shane Page Tuesday as Page and other federal task force members tried to arrest Williams for the robbery at Williams' girlfriend's home in Fort Mill. Page was shot in the shoulder and hip but is expected to recover.

The first hearing in Lewis' federal case is scheduled for 2 p.m. today.

Lewis was taken to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg jail after being released from the hospital. He was shot in the leg by officers returning fire after he allegedly ambushed police attempting to arrest him Tuesday morning at his girlfriend's home in Fort Mill’s Foxwood neighborhood.

Police say Lewis shot Officer Shane Page, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg policeman attached to a violent crime task force that includes federal agents, in the shoulder and hip as Page attempted to arrest Lewis.

Lewis's girlfriend, also charged, allegedly told police she had not seen Lewis in months but he was in an upstairs bedroom where the shooting took place.

Page is expected to recover.

Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett said a judge signed arrest warrants Thursday against Lewis for attempted murder, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon.

The decision to charge Lewis in South Carolina, which Brackett made after meeting with State Law Enforcement Division and federal investigators, does not mean Lewis will not face trial for the North Carolina charge, Brackett said. It is unclear which case will be handled first.

“I reviewed all of what we have right now and directed SLED to seek the warrants for attempted murder and the other charges,” Brackett said. “The investigation continues. But the suspect now has been charged.”

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065

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