According to Wilson’s office, “James jumped out of the stolen car and ran down a trail on the Riverwalk before jumping into the brush and waiting in the ditch for the police to approach. Once James was spotted by the officers, he started shooting them with a stolen pistol. Both officers were able to retaliate, but each received non-fatal gunshot wounds. “
James was arrested in a wooded area with a Smith and a .40 caliber Wesson at his feet. James had also been shot, according to Wilson’s office.
Further investigation revealed that the car James was driving was stolen in a carjacking in Orangeburg on May 14, 2017. The gun’s serial number was burnt in an attempt to erase it, but the weapon was determined to have been stolen during the theft. of a Jeep in Orangeburg on May 15, 2017.
A ballistic examination of the firearm matched it with the fired bullet recovered from an officer’s body armor and a shootout on May 16, 2017 in Orangeburg.
Federal law prohibits James from owning firearms and ammunition based on an April 2017 conviction in Orangeburg for third degree burglary.
Circuit judge Diane Goodstein sentenced James under the Juvenile Offenders Act to a maximum of five years, suspended to two years of probation.
At the time of the Cayce incident, James was also out on bail for armed robbery and weapons charges unrelated to a March 2017 incident in Richland County.