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Patrolman James P. Lewis | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California

Patrolman

James P. Lewis

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 29, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 995

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/29/1970

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman James Lewis was shot and killed while off duty when identified himself as a police officer. He and two other officers had gone to a bar when they noticed several individuals giving the doorman a hard time. Patrolman Lewis identified himself as an officer and escorted the men to their car to get identification. Instead, one of the men produced a handgun and shot Patrolman Lewis. Although mortally wounded, he was able to return fire, striking the vehicle several times.

The bullet holes in the car helped identify the suspects when the car was found several days later. The suspects were arrested and sentenced to life. While in prison one of the suspects murdered another prisoner to prevent him from testifying in a court case. The suspect was sentenced to a second life sentence for that murder.

Patrolman Lewis had served with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Lewis. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 22, 2012

 

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