Deputy Sheriff Esther Lafayette Lewis

Deputy Sheriff Esther Lafayette Lewis

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, December 9, 1950

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Esther Lafayette Lewis

Deputy Lewis was shot and killed at approximately 6:15 pm as he attempted to take a man into custody for shooting his estranged wife's dog.

As he was arresting the suspect, the man drew a concealed handgun and shot Deputy Lewis four times, and then fled the scene.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to life on January 19, 1951. He was sent to the Dorothea Dix Mental Hospital in Raleigh, where he escaped a few days later. He was recaptured in Seattle, Washington, by FBI agents on December 23, 1955. He was paroled on February 8, 1982.

Deputy Lewis was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1982

arrest attempt

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Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 9, 2017

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