Crime & Courts

CMPD officer injured in the line of duty has lunch with governor

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who was shot and injured in January while trying to arrest a violent suspect had lunch with Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday.

McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte, visited Officer Shane Page in the hospital after he was shot and pledged to host the officer and other members of CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team for lunch.

“I am happy to see that Shane is doing well, and it was great to meet such an impressive and talented group of men and women,” McCrory said in a statement. “I asked that they keep our administration abreast of the dangers and major issues they see on the rise in North Carolina.”

Page, 42, has been a member of the department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team since it was created in 2006. The unit uses SWAT-style tactics to pursue and arrest people accused of murder, rape, robbery and other crimes. Members are deputized by the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service so they can pursue suspects who flee the county or the state.

On Jan. 7, Page was in Fort Mill with a unit working with agents from the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the York County Sheriff’s Office to find James William Lewis, a felon who had previously been convicted of possession of cocaine and car theft.

Both Page and Lewis were wounded in the shootout. Lewis is awaiting trial.