York County deputies honored for ‘heroic action’ in Fort Mill shooting

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comFebruary 24, 2014 

York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant, from left, stands with Lt. Chris Blevins and Master Deputies Greg Garrison and Jason Powell.

YORK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Three deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office were honored Monday for their “heroic action” during an officer-involved shooting last month in Fort Mill.

Lt. Chris Blevins and Master Deputies Jason Powell and Greg Garrison were given medals of merit from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for their involvement in a Jan. 7 incident in the Foxwoods subdivision, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The deputies were assisting CMPD officers with serving an arrest warrant on James William Lewis, 31, who was wanted for armed robbery in Charlotte. When officers entered the Fort Mill home, which belonged to the family of Lewis’ girlfriend’s, Lewis opened fire, shooting Charlotte officer Shane Page in the shoulder and hip. An officer then shot Lewis in the leg.

“During the gunfire, Lt. Blevins, Master Dep. Jason Powell and Master Dep. Greg Garrison provided cover while trying to get the wounded officer to safety,” the release states.

Page has since made a full recovery.

“My officers did a fantastic job in this tough situation,” Sheriff Bruce Bryant said in a prepared statement. “Their quick thinking and brave actions very well could have been the difference in the situation not becoming a more tragic story.”

Lewis was charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon in York County, in addition to federal charges related to the Charlotte armed robbery.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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