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Deputy Sheriff Esther Lafayette Lewis | Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Esther Lafayette Lewis

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, December 9, 1950

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1982

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Deputy Lewis was shot and killed at approximately 1815 hours as he attempted to take a man into custody for shooting his estranged wife's dog. As he was arresting the suspect, the man drew a concealed handgun and shot Deputy Lewis four times and then fled the scene.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to life on January 19, 1951. He was sent to the Dorothea Dix Mental Hospital in Raleigh where he escaped a few days later. He was recaptured in Seattle, Washington, by FBI agents on December 23, 1955. He was paroled February 8, 1982.

Deputy Lewis was survived by his wife and child.

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Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA
December 9, 2017

 

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