Deputy Sheriff James Michael Lewis

Deputy Sheriff James Michael Lewis

Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, July 22, 1974

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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Old friend, you left this world on the day I brought my newborn daughter Beth home from the hospital. It has been a bit more than 40 years now, but you are still remembered with tears and laughter. I only learned of this site recently, so this reflection is late out of ignorance, not neglect. I have lost touch with Connie and Pat, but I pray that they have found peace in their lives. Until we meet again, my friend, rest in peace.

Tim Ferrall

August 11, 2014

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