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Prosecutor: Man who shot 2 officers sentenced on gun charge

April 10, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who shot and wounded two South Carolina police officers in 2017 has been sentenced to the maximum on a federal gun charge.

News outlets cite a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement as saying 21-year-old Eugene James was ordered to serve 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon said Tuesday that evidence presented to the court against the Orangeburg resident showed he shot the Cayce police officers after a car chase which went into Columbia.

Authorities say both officers suffered leg wounds. One also was hit in a bulletproof vest. James was wounded in the shootout too.

Lydon says James was speeding in a stolen car, and the serial number of the stolen gun was burned.

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