CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man will spend an additional 25 years in prison for shooting a Charlotte police officer in 2014, a judge ruled in federal court in Columbia Wednesday.
James William Lewis, 31, is accused of shooting then Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer Shane Page in January of 2014. Lewis was wanted in an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant a month prior.
Page was serving an arrest warrant to Lewis when the two shooting happened, officials say.
Lewis was already serving nine years for the Charlotte robbery when he was given the extra 25-year sentence.
Incident reports state officers tried knocking on the door of the home to serve the warrant, but used a loud speaker when no one came to the door.
Lewis' girlfriend, 21-year-old Kirstie Elaine Philomena Barratt, came to the door and told officers she had not seen Lewis for two months. She also gave them permission to search the home.
The reports state that Lewis was found in an upstairs bedroom soon after officers entered the house, and there was an exchange of gunfire.
Page and Lewis were both injured in the shooting. Page was shot in the shoulder and abdomen. Lewis was shot in the leg and sustained minor injuries.
In court Wednesday, Lewis said Page shot first. He said he was pointing his gun at the officer and did return fire.
Page had to have surgery but has since made a full recovery.
Neighbors like Connie Knowlton reacted to the news of Lewis' sentence.
"The street was blocked off and we thought, 'what happened in our quiet little neighborhood?'" Knowlton said. "It could have been much much worse."
There were no cameras inside federal court when Lewis apologized to Page.
Prosecutor Stacey Haynes said Lewis' girlfriend Kirstie Barratt lied to police and told them he wasn't inside.
"His statement to police was he decided he wasn't going out like that, he wasn't going out like a puppy," Haynes said. "So he came back out of the attic and was waiting in the room in the dark room with the door shut, and when officers came in, he had the gun pointed right at him."
Lewis is still in a wheelchair from the shootout.
Barratt served time for lying to police, but is now out of jail. She didn't want to talk about what happened.
Page was in court Wednesday and seemed to have made a full recovery, but did not want to address the court or talk about Lewis' sentence.
Haynes said the case is a reminder that officers put their lives on the line every day they put on a uniform.
"It shows the dangers that officers walk into every day," Haynes said. "Officers on the street never know what's behind a door."
After Lewis serves the remainder of his nine-year sentence for the North Carolina robbery, he will begin his 25 year sentence for the shooting.