The convicted felon from Rock Hill suspected of shooting a police officer during a drug search and seizure last year was convicted of drug and weapons charges in federal court Friday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Tymon Wells, 32, who was on parole for a gun theft conviction at the time of the incident and has been in jail since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced in June.
Wells faces at least 10 years in prison but as much as 40 years because of his status as a convicted felon on parole who is barred from possessing any firearms.
Jurors convicted Wells of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession and discharge of a firearm by a convicted felon, and using that firearm during a drug trafficking crime, federal prosecutors said.
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"This was a good day for law enforcement, because it sends a message to the community and the jury understood the dangers of a policeman's job," said Marvin Brown, commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.
Josh Kendrick, Wells' lawyer, said he was disappointed with the decision, but he respected that jurors deliberated for about 10 hours before returning the guilty verdicts.
"The jury clearly put a lot of thought into this, and now we will turn our efforts toward sentencing," Kendrick said.
Prosecutor Bob Jendron could not be reached for comment.
On Feb. 3, 2010, officers with the Drug Enforcement Unit tried to serve a search warrant at a home on Arlington Avenue in Rock Hill.
A confidential informant had previously bought drugs at the home where police said Wells was living with his girlfriend and her two children.
When officers entered the house, police say, Wells fired a gun as he sat on his bed in a bedroom. Officer Will Reap of the Fort Mill Police Department, a member of the drug unit, was shot in the arm.
Wells was shot in the legs after Reap returned fire. Rock Hill Officer Trista Baird was shot in the wrist while on duty outside the house.
Neither officer's injuries were life threatening. The girlfriend and children in the house were not hurt.
Police seized marijuana, crack, cocaine, scales, two guns and $669 in cash during the raid.
Because the incident involved local police, state and federal authorities were also involved after the shooting and during the follow-up investigation.
Wells testified during the trial that the drugs, scales and guns were not his, said Brown, the drug unit commander.
In statements to police after the incident, Wells claimed he fired only at the floor as a warning. Wells' lawyers claimed in earlier hearings that Wells believed that the people entering the home were there to rob him.
However, police and neighbors testified in previous sworn statements and in court testimony that police identified themselves more than once before entering the home.
Fort Mill and Rock Hill police declined to comment on the verdict, pending the June sentencing.
Wells was initially charged in York County with assault with intent to kill and drug charges, but federal authorities took over because of strict federal laws concerning the possession of firearms by felons.
Wells served 30 months prison time several years ago after he was convicted of stealing guns from a Rock Hill sporting goods store.
Less than a month before Wells was involved in the shooting incident with police, he attempted to save a man who ultimately died in a house fire on Carolina Avenue.