Deputy Sheriff Charles Lewis

Deputy Sheriff Charles Lewis

Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Monday, March 2, 1925

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Charles Lewis

Deputy Charles Lewis was shot and killed while walking a man to jail in Elko. The man had been arrested at a local cafe after getting into an argument with an acquaintance over who would pay the bill.

As Deputy Lewis and the suspect approached the jail a struggle ensued and both men fell to the ground. As the suspect stood up he produced a handgun and opened fire, killing Deputy Lewis.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested a short time later hiding in a nearby hotel room. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on April 18, 1925. His sentence was later commuted to life in prison.

Deputy Lewis had served as a constable and deputy in Elko County for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, four grandchildren, three sisters, and two brothers.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Charlie was the brother of my great great grandmother. She lived until 1953 when my Dad was 13 and he knew her well. Dad remembers hearing the story about Charlie's death. Charlie was born in 1860 in the Utah Territory to Augusta Camilla (Taylor) and John L. Lewis. Charlie would have been 65 at the time of his death. Thank you Deputy Brian Jones for posting this memorial. And thank you for making this world a better and safer place.

Lyn Hooper
Great great grand niece

October 17, 2015

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