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Deputy Sheriff Samuel Joseph Lewis | Lake County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Lake County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff

Samuel Joseph Lewis

Lake County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Saturday, March 11, 1882

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Sheriff Samuel Lewis was shot and killed while protecting a prisoner from an angry mob that was attempting to lynch the man.

The prisoner had been arrested for murdering a 15-year-old boy and was being held at a hotel in Linkville, Oregon. The man was being held on order of the justice of the peace who was going to hold a hearing on the upcoming Monday.

A group of 10 to 18 masked men entered the hotel and attempted to take the prisoner. Deputy Lewis refused to hand him over and a shootout ensued. Deputy Lewis was struck in the leg and bled to death with in minutes. The justice of the peace was wounded in the arm. One of the masked men was shot and reportedly died as a result of the wound.

No other subjects were ever tried or convicted of Deputy Lewis' murder.

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It is NEVER too late to recognize devotion to duty and to recall service. Deputy Lewis lived in a rough, challenging time but met his obligations completely and willingly.

Cal Taylor, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
May 15, 2016


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