Deputy Sheriff Charles Lewis
Elko County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: Monday, March 2, 1925
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, March 2, 1925
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Sentenced to life
Deputy Lewis was shot and killed while walking a man to jail in Elko. The man had been arrested at a local cafe after getting into an argument with an acquaintance over who would pay the bill. As Deputy Lewis and the suspect approached the jail a struggle ensued and both men fell to the ground. As the suspect stood up he produced a handgun and opened fire, killing Deputy Lewis. The suspect fled the scene but was arrested a short time later hiding in a nearby hotel room. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on April 18, 1925. His sentence was later commuted to life in prison.
Deputy Lewis had served as a constable and deputy in Elko County for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, four grandchildren, three sisters, and two brothers.