Tymon Wells, the man accused in a shootout with police during a Rock Hill drug raid in February, remains in federal custody after an arraignment in federal court Tuesday on federal drug and weapons charges.
Wells pleaded not guilty to a modified federal indictment, said Beth Drake, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Carolina.
Wells has been indicted on federal charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of cocaine and crack cocaine with intent to distribute; and possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime. Wells, 32, faces 40 years in prison on these charges, with at least 10 years consecutive to the other counts if found guilty of the weapons charge.
Rock Hill Police Officer Trista Baird and York County drug unit agent Will Reap were injured Feb. 3 while drug agents were serving a search warrant at the Arlington Avenue home where Wells lived with his girlfriend and her small children.
According to police reports from the incident, Wells admitted he had a gun and fired it once in warning, but said he gave up after he realized the intruders in his house were police officers.
Reap was inside the house when he was shot; Baird was outside. Wells was shot in each leg during the gunfire. The girlfriend and children inside the home were not injured.
Tuesday’s appearance in front of federal Judge Cameron Currie comes after federal authorities took over the prosecution of Wells in September.
Wells, convicted earlier this decade on felony charges after he stole guns from a Rock Hill sporting goods store, has been in jail since his arrest. He was denied bond Sept. 24 in a hearing in federal court.
Most defendants enter pleas at arraignments, where charges are explained to those accused. At a scheduling conference also Tuesday, officials set a pretrial conference for Dec. 10 and scheduled jury selection for January.
In the February incident, drug agents found crack, cocaine, scales and $669 in cash, according to police.