A 19-year-old Orangeburg man accused of shooting two officers in May is now also facing federal weapons charges.

The U.S. Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that Eugene Jonathan James of 105 Ola Lane is facing a two-count indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged him with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a stolen pistol and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Authorities accuse James of shooting two Cayce Police Department officers on May 27.

Sgt. Evan Antley, formerly of Orangeburg, and Officer Drew Barr, a trainee, were shot as they attempted to get James to drop his weapon.

Antley spoke to the Orangeburg Lions Club about the ordeal in October.

He told the group that he wanted to show the trainee everything he could about the job during the 12-hour shift.

A little after midnight on May 27, the pair noticed a gold Nissan Sentra speeding north on U.S. 21.

They attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver led them on a chase that ended on Gist Street.

On Gist Street, James allegedly exited his vehicle and led the pair on a foot chase down the Riverwalk.

James appeared to flee into an area of the woods, just off the trail.

Antley said he got closer to James and yelled, “Get out of the woods right now or I’m going to light your a - - up with this Taser!”

Antley took another step and repeated the warning.

“As soon as I said that, ... I saw the brightest flash of my life and heard the loudest gunshot I ever heard in my life,” Antley said. “I never saw a gun.”

Antley felt pain in his right chest and realized he was lying flat on his back.

The round didn’t penetrate his body armor.

He fired off 15 more rounds at James, who allegedly continued to fire at him from behind a rock.

Antley said the chest shot damaged some tissue and a lower shot hit the edge of his thigh, traveled up the groin area and fractured the pelvic bone near his left buttock.

Barr sustained a gunshot wound to the top of his left kneecap, but it was superficial.

If convicted of the federal charges announced on Wednesday, James faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and supervised released not to exceed six years.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Cayce Department of Public Safety; Columbia Police Department and SLED investigated the case.

Prosecuting the federal charges is Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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