Suspect in attack of off-duty officer in Spartanburg has bond hearing


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — The suspect in an attack of an off-duty officer in Spartanburg is expected to have a bond hearing Friday afternoon.

WSPA will live stream the bond hearing in the above video player.

Spartanburg Police Department officials said the suspect, James Ray Cunningham, was taken into custody at an area Walmart Thursday after he reportedly attacked an off-duty police officer inside the store.

According to a news release, officers were called to Walmart, located at 141 Dorman Centre Drive, located within the The Dorman Centre shopping center, at around 1:30 p.m. on a call about a disturbance and a fight.

While officers were responding to the scene, the call was upgraded to an officer down call.

Police said Spartanburg County E911 said that the officer was being attacked by a suspect in the store.

According to a release, the off-duty officer was working security for Walmart.

After the incident, the man reportedly left the scene running across Walmart’s parking lot.

Police said Cunningham, 22, then got into the back of a black vehicle parked at the bottom of the parking lot.

He then tried to leave the scene, but crashed into the vehicle.

Cunningham is being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center on charges of attempted murder, assault and battery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

He was previously arrested in 2017 after Spartanburg County deputies said he reportedly stabbed his brother in the neck at a home on West Camelton Drive. The attempted murder charge was later dropped, according to court records.

In another case, Cunningham was charged with assault and battery after he reportedly punched his co-worker and slammed her to the floor at a McDonalds in Duncan. That case is still pending, according to court records.

A background check on Cunningham also showed that he was convicted Tuesday of assault and battery after an incident on July 1 in Horry County.

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