Deputy Sheriff Strother W. "Ted" Lewis, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Strother W. "Ted" Lewis, Sr.

Caroline County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, March 1, 1947

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Strother W. "Ted" Lewis, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Ted Lewis was shot and killed by a prisoner in the old Caroline County Jail while questioning him about a robbery.

During the interrogation the subject struck the weapon that Deputy Lewis was holding, causing it to discharge and strike Deputy Lewis in the head. The man then fled the scene with Deputy Lewis' service weapon.

The man was eventually apprehended after being shot by a posse and almost killed. He was initially sentenced to death but received a life sentence during a second trial.

Deputy Lewis was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWI and had served with the Caroline County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Lewis,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during World War I.

Fair Winds And Following Seas!

United States Border Patrol

March 1, 2022

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