Officer sues town, fellow officer

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 31, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
SPENCER — Longtime law enforcement officer James Schmierer, who works for the Spencer Police Department, filed a lawsuit against fellow officer Hunter Shue and the town of Spencer alleging he was intentionally shot in the leg with a pellet gun and the police department took no action against Shue.
The civil suit, which was filed May 27 in Rowan County, says the incident occurred March 2 while both officers were in uniform.
Schmierer says in his complaint he was shot multiple times from his ankle to mid-thigh. The suit does not indicate a motive for the alleged shooting.
The Spencer Police conducted an investigation and subsequently placed a letter of reprimand in Shue’s personnel file. Shue was not “demoted, suspended or terminated from employment,” the suit said.
In 2008, Schmierer accused the town of East Spencer, where he’d served as interim police chief, and four aldermen of racial discrimination. The town and Schmierer settled that suit nearly four months after he filed.
See Wednesday’s Post for more details.
Contact Shavonne reporter Potts at 704-797-4253.