Sheriff
Milo 'Mike' Lewis
Pulaski County Sheriff's Department
Wednesday, October 11, 1967

Age: 50
Served: 9 months
Badge #: 1
Military Service:
Panel 56W, Line 6
Panel L17, Line 8

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, October 11, 1967
08:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
112 East Main Street, Winamac
Incident County:
Pulaski
Incident Township:
Monroe
Weapon Used:
.25-caliber hangun
Suspect Info:
Paroled in 1992
Burial Location:
Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Monterey

   Sheriff Milo Lewis was shot and killed by a prisoner during an escape from the Pulaski County Jail.

   The 29-year-old male was being held on a charge of robbery of a South Bend tavern. His trial had been transferred on a change of venue to Starke County but their jail was considered less secure. The prisoner's girlfriend had hidden a gun inside a book which was given to him during a visitation. When he asked to leave his cell to make a phone call and Sheriff Lewis complied, he pulled the gun. Sheriff Lewis attempted to disarm him with the jail keys but the prisoner shot several times, fatally striking the sheriff twice.

   The prisoner fled after taking the car keys of the dispatcher. He was later apprehended, convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 1992.

   Sheriff Lewis was survived by his wife and four children.