Deputy Sheriff James Michael Lewis

Deputy Sheriff James Michael Lewis

Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, July 22, 1974

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James Michael Lewis

Deputy Sheriff James Lewis was shot and killed with a high powered rifle while investigating an assault.

After responding to the call in Mohave Valley, which is 20 miles south of Bullhead City, a service-station operator fired a single shot from a rifle at close range. The shot instantly killed Deputy Lewis. A witness was also injured by the suspect as he fled the scene.

The suspect was convicted of murder after his first two trials ended in mistrials. He was sentenced to 25 years to life.

Deputy Lewis had served with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office for 13 months and had previously served with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years, 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thank you for your service and today we remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 22, 2020

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