Christopher Lewis, 19, called police Monday afternoon to report he was assaulted when he sold fake marijuana to another Canton man, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
When Lewis tried to make the “drug deal” he pulled out his three-cell flashlight because he believed he was about to get robbed, and the other man pulled out a gun and shot at his feet, Baker said.
Before being arrested, Lewis told deputies he had set up a meeting to sell some marijuana to someone at a pavilion near the tennis courts in the BridgeMill area of Canton later in the day, Baker said.
“Lewis explained that he had heard the individual he was going to meet had been robbing people during drug transactions,” Baker said, “so he chose to bring fake marijuana, or “leaves,” and a three-cell flashlight to teach the individual a lesson.”
But Lewis told police that person never showed up, and instead, he found himself meeting 19-year-old Jami Jordan near the tennis courts.
He still thought he was going to get robbed, and with that in mind, Lewis, a BridgeMill resident, allegedly handed over the fake marijuana and pulled out his flashlight, Baker said.
“According to Lewis, Jordan then displayed a semi-automatic pistol and fired two rounds at (his) feet,” Baker said. “Lewis had shrapnel in the soles of his shoes and a very minor abrasion on his shin.”
Baker said it appears Lewis waited more than an hour before he called 911.
When deputies arrived at the pavilion, they found two spent shell casings and a Ziploc bag of leaves in a trash can nearby, Baker said.
Lewis was arrested Monday and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. He was released Monday night from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $11,200 bond, Baker said.
Jordan was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery. He remains at the detention center without bond, according to Baker.
Baker said the investigation into the incident is ongoing and more charges are likely.
“Detectives are confident additional persons were involved in this incident,” he said.
Cherokee Sheriff Roger Garrison said Tuesday such incidents in the BridgeMill area are rare, but residents can help prevent anything similar in the future.
“This reported incident occurred at tennis courts 23-25 in broad daylight,” Garrison said. “We encourage anyone to call 911 if they ever see any suspicious activity or persons in their community.”