Incident DetailsCause of Death:
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.