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 a domestic assault at a service station on Arizona 95 known as Cook's Corner.

After responding to the call in Mohave Valley, 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 wounded by the man as he fled the scene.

The man, 53, was convicted of after his first two trials ended in mistrials. On March 10, 1975, he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, assault with intent to kill, and sentenced to 25 years to life. In 1968 and part of 1969 the suspect served a year in prison for stabbing a bartender during a drunken rage. On June 25, 1986, the Arizona Supreme Court denied his appeal.

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. He had a masters degree in police science.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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I was the first unit on the scene on the date of the shooting at Cook's Corner in Mohave Valley Az. I was assigned to the Needles Station of the San Bernardino Sheriffs Department. When I arrived I found Deputy Lewis had been shot from ambush. I saw that he was in a green and tan uniform just like mine. Deputy Mike Maakested Needles Station and I took the suspect into custody after he returned to the scene. I have never forgotten this incident. I ended my career after 45 years in law enforcement. I remember it as if it was yesterday.
I continue to remember Deputy James Lewis and this incident. God Bless You Brother you are remembered. Rest in Peace. Semper Cop!!!

Retired Sheriffs Detective Harry H. HATC
San Bernardino County Sheriff, Bomb Arson Unit Retired

February 3, 2021

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