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Deputy Sheriff Meyer Van Lewen | Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

Deputy Sheriff

Meyer Van Lewen

Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, July 19, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 17 years, 7 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/18/1924

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 20 years

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Deputy Sheriff Meyer Van Lewen was shot and killed aboard a passenger train near Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, as he and another deputy escorted two prisoners to the Fairview State Hospital.

One of the inmates asked to use the bathroom so his handcuffs were loosened. The prisoner then grabbed red pepper and threw it in Deputy Van Lewen's eyes, temporarily blinding him. He was able to disarm Deputy Van Lewen and shot him in the abdomen before escaping. He was arrested several miles away.

The subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. The second subject was found criminally insane and committed.

Deputy Van Lewen was a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish-American War. He had served in law enforcement for almost 18 years.

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Deputy Sheriff Van Lewin,
On today, the 92nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War.


United States Border Patrol
July 19, 2016


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