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Police Officer Franke Neal Lewis | Long Beach Police Department, California Long Beach Police Department, California

Police Officer

Franke Neal Lewis

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, December 13, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Never identified

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Police Officer Franke Lewis was shot and killed when he went to investigate suspicious activity near his home after returning home from duty.

A citizen had parked his car on the street and gone to sleep in it to avoid driving on the freeway while drowsy. A subject who was attempting to break into the car attacked the citizen.

Officer Lewis, who was just arriving home following his shift, heard the commotion and went to investigate. As he approached the car the subject opened fire, killing him. The man fled the scene and has never been identified.

Officer Lewis' wife was also home at the time and heard the shot that killed her husband.

Officer Lewis is survived by his wife and two children.

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I heard the news on my brothers birthday and sat down to cry.. I could not understand how God could take another member of the Lewis family in 5 short years. I thought back to all the times my dad went on patrol and how luck we were that he came home.

It has been 37 years, yet your strength, love of family and determination to do right will never be forgotten..

Family friend
February 14, 2013


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