Patrolman James P. Lewis

Patrolman James P. Lewis

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, December 29, 1970

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James P. Lewis

Patrolman James Lewis was shot and killed while off duty when identified himself as a police officer.

He and two other officers had gone to a bar when they noticed several individuals giving the doorman a hard time. Patrolman Lewis identified himself as an officer and escorted the men to their car to get identification. Instead, one of the men produced a handgun and shot Patrolman Lewis. Although mortally wounded, he was able to return fire, striking the vehicle several times.

The bullet holes in the car helped identify the suspects when the car was found several days later. The suspects were arrested and sentenced to life. While in prison one of the suspects murdered another prisoner to prevent him from testifying in a court case. The suspect was sentenced to a second life sentence for that murder.

Patrolman Lewis had served with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 995

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty

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Patrolman Lewis,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Diego. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

December 29, 2020

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