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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, although a $50,000 reward was offered and a sketch and vehicle description was released.

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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Frank and I were partners on the night he was killed. At the end of the shift that night we went to the locker room put our gear away and headed home. Frank often talked about his wife and two daughters and was a proud father. I pray that some one will come forward with information on his killer. Rest in peace Frank.

Det. Robert Stuart (Retired)
Long Beach P.D.
November 1, 2015


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