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Sheriff Milo Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Indiana


Milo "Mike" Lewis

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 11, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 10 months

Badge # 1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Paroled in 1992

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Sheriff Milo Lewis was shot and killed by a prisoner who was being held at the Pulaski County Jail for another, less secure facility.

The prisoner's girlfriend had hidden a gun inside of a book which was given to him during a visitation. The prisoner had asked to leave his cell to make a phone call and when Sheriff Lewis complied, he pulled the gun. Sheriff Lewis attempted to disarm the prisoner with the jail keys, but the prisoner shot several times, fatally striking the sheriff twice. The prisoner fled after taking the car keys of the dispatcher. He was later apprehended and convicted of murder. The prisoner was sentenced to life in prison, but was paroled in 1992.

Sheriff Lewis had served with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department for only 10 months. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
November 9, 2013


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