FORT MILL, SC – 31-year-old James Lewis is in custody tonight. He’s accused of shooting CMPD Officer Shane Page twice: once in the abdomen and once in the left shoulder. It happened after 6am on Brookside Drive in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Police say the shooting happened inside the house as officers were serving a warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon. Page, and other members of CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team were searching the house when they came to an upstairs bedroom.
“When Officer Page opened that door to that bedroom he immediately was met with gunfire,” explains CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe. After being hit, Page fired back, hitting Lewis in the left leg.
“I think it’s awful. They’re just trying to do their job,” says neighbor Sue Pleil. Neighbors say an older man and woman live at the house, and they don’t know why Lewis was staying there.
“Just really sad for the officer and kinda shocked that that happened,” says Stephanie Renner. John Moreno says he’s seen Lewis several times at the house over the past several months. He and others say the house was an exception to an otherwise quiet neighborhood. “They would have arguments. You could hear it outside,” Moreno says.
Chief Monroe says one of the shots missed one of Page’s major arteries by millimeters. But it’s a risk VCAT officers often face.
“These guys have probably by far one of the most dangerous jobs. They’re looking for the worst of the worst,” Monroe says.