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Chief of Police William E. Capac Police Department, Michigan

Chief of Police

William E. "Bill" Lewis

Capac Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 29, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Chief Lewis was shot and killed after responding to a home in Memphis where the local police chief had just been shot and wounded. When Chief Lewis arrived at the scene he was shot in the chest and killed. The suspect then committed suicide inside of his home.

Chief Lewis was survived by his wife, wife, son, mother, and nine siblings.

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Mr. Lewis lived just a few homes from ours growing up in Capac. He would often stop and talk to us youths playing baseball.I will always remember his gold tooth and big smile.The day he gave his life,I remember being let out of Baseball practice early, and told to go home and pray for his family by my baseball coach. A few days later I've never seen so many police officers at one time as they paid their respect for his sacrafice at his funeral. Chief Lewis issued me my first drivers license,and policed the first accident I had even though it was on Lynch road in Berlin Twp. A few years later I became a Patrol officer for the village of Capac,and then a Deputy serving 34years total, and my brother was a Captain for Clinton Twp. serving more years than I. R.I.P. Chief Lewis you served us very well." No man is greater than one who will lay down his life for another"

Deputy Dale C. Mills
April 29, 2014


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