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Deputy Sheriff Strother W. Caroline County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Strother W. "Ted" Lewis, Sr.

Caroline County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, March 1, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Ted Lewis was shot and killed by a prisoner in the old Caroline County Jail while questioning him about a robbery.

During the interrogation the subject struck the weapon that Deputy Lewis was holding, causing it to discharge and strike Deputy Lewis in the head. The man then fled the scene with Deputy Lewis' service weapon.

The man was eventually apprehended after being shot by a posse and almost killed. He was initially sentenced to death but received a life sentence during a second trial.

Deputy Lewis was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWI and had served with the Caroline County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

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Finally, a photo to go with your memorial. Your family still misses you and had so many nice things to say about you today. Rest peacefully, we are watching over them for you still.

Deputy Miles Turner
Caroline County Sheriff's Office
March 5, 2015


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