Deputy Sheriff Meyer Van Lewen

Deputy Sheriff Meyer Van Lewen

Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, July 19, 1924

Add to My Heroes

Meyer Van Lewen

Deputy Sheriff Meyer Van Lewen was shot and killed aboard a passenger train near Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, as he and another deputy escorted two prisoners to the Fairview State Hospital.

One of the inmates asked to use the bathroom so his handcuffs were loosened. The prisoner then grabbed red pepper and threw it in Deputy Van Lewen's eyes, temporarily blinding him. He was able to disarm Deputy Van Lewen and shot him in the abdomen before escaping. He was arrested several miles away.

The subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. The second subject was found criminally insane and committed.

Deputy Van Lewen was a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish-American War. He had served in law enforcement for almost 18 years.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 17 years, 7 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, July 18, 1924
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

escape attempt, transport

Most Recent Reflection

View all 2 Reflections

Deputy Sheriff Van Lewin,
On today, the 92nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War.


United States Border Patrol

July 19, 2016

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.