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Henderson Police Officer Shot

Posted October 7, 1996

— A shooting incident Sunday afternoon in Henderson left an off-duty police officer and two other men injured.

The shooting occurred about 6:30 p.m. at a convenience store in the Amoco station at Highway 39 and Interstate 85.

Officer W.C. Lewis, 28, was treated and released and placed on administrative leave with pay while investigators try to determine if he was defending himself against attackers.

According to State Bureau of Investigation agents, Lewis shot two other men, Victor L. Batchelor, 26 and James Thomas Glover, 24, both of Henderson, who were later transported to Duke Medical Center.

Investigators say the incident began when an argument broke out in the store's parking lot. The police chief says the two men had the Henderson officer down and were beating him. He says Lewis broke free and shot one of the men in the torso, the other in the leg.

The man who was wounded in the torso ran across Highway 39 and collapsed in the parking lot of a Shell station.

Cheryl Hill is a clerk in the convenience store where the shooting occurred. She knows all three men involved, and told WRAL TV5'sMark Robertsshe believes Lewis did the right thing.

Chief Melvin Smith of the Henderson Police Department says he,too, believes Lewis was in the right.

No charges have been filed against any of the men yet. Batchelor is in serious condition with a chest wound. Glover was treated for a leg wound and released.

Lewis was also injured in the incident.

The SBI will continue its investigation and will submit a final report to the District Attorney's office.


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