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Sheriff Melbourne Lewis | Grant County Sheriff's Department, South Dakota Grant County Sheriff's Department, South Dakota

Sheriff

Melbourne Lewis

Grant County Sheriff's Department, South Dakota

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 30, 1941

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Lewis was shot and killed while responding to reports that a man was walking in the streets of Millbank with a .22 caliber rifle. The suspect hid in a shed and opened fire on the sheriff as the sheriff searched for him. A service station attendant and a 12-year-old boy were shot and wounded.

The suspect, an ex-convict, had been out of prison less than 24 hours after serving eight years for burglary. He was convicted of Sheriff Lewis' murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life on December 7, 1943.

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