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Name: Lewis, Clifton P.
Star: 4103
Memorial Panel #: 17
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 015 District
End of Watch: 29 December 2011
Incident Details: Police Officer Clifton Lewis, 41, was an 8-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 015 District – Tactical Team. On the night of December 29, 2011, Officer Lewis was working his second job as a security guard at a convenience store on the 1200 block of North Austin Blvd. At approximately, 8:30 p.m., two masked men, Alexander Villa and Tyrone Clay entered the store with their guns drawn. A third man, Edgardo Colon, a parolee, acted as the getaway driver and lookout, as he waited in the car with a fourth accomplice. Officer Lewis announced he was a police officer, when one of the offenders climbed over the counter and used a Tech-9-style weapon to shoot Officer Lewis. Officer Lewis’ gun and $670 was taken from the cash register before the offenders fled to the getaway car. Officer Lewis succumbed to his injuries. Edgardo Colon, 36, and Tyrone Clay, 31, were charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer. Alexander Villa, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer, aggravated battery, and armed robbery. All three alleged gang members are being held without bond. Officer Lewis’ service weapon was eventually found in the home of Dimitri Mitchell, 19. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Officer Lewis’ funeral mass was held at United Baptist Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens. He is survived by his daughter, Simone; mother, Maxine; and fiancé, Latrice.

32 Comments

  • You will be truly missed! So saddened by the tragic loss and selfishness of the cowards who took you away from Us!!! Your jokes and your kindness will remain with me. It was an honor working with you! A true Gentle Giant :(

  • My son called me earlier this afternoon to tell me that he both knew and worked with Officer Lewis. My son couldn’t say enough wonderful things about him. He was a terrific dedicated Police Officer, a wonderful partner and a good friend. I went through this years ago with Rich Clark, who I grew up with, worked with and was like a brother. I understand my son’s pain completely. My prayers go out to this fine Officers family. My prayers for the safety for all the other fine men and women of the Chicago Police Dept. are said every night. God Bless all of you for trying to make a positive difference in an almost impossible enviornment.

  • My God bless you and keep you in his care for eternity. Thank you Officer Lewis for your hard work and your ultimate sacrifice. Our prayers are with your family and friends.

  • God needed an officer, he takes the best, The Lewis Family are in my prayers, Thank you for sharing such a brave man with the City of Chicago

  • Rest well Hero.

  • My grandfather was a Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty when my father was young. He was taken from his loving family, just as you were, and I cannot imagine the heartbreak your new fiance or your kids are going through, but I am so sorry that those soulless morons stole you from us. I will continue to pray for you and your family. It sounds like you were a wonderful man and you will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace, and may your family find peace in their hearts. I pray that they catch your killer.

  • I am saddened to hear about the passing of Officer Lewis. This is a sad day for Chicago. His life was ended prematurely by someone who does not value the beauty of life. May he rest in peace and always be remembered.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Lewis family. This road you will travel will not be easy but may God give you comfort and give you strength. RIP Officer Lewis.

  • May the lord comfort those left behind, but may your memories fill their mind for you calmed a many and saved many along with guiding many to the right roads of life and comfort of love, security, and most of all served you country outstaningly. RIP to another Brother of Blue God Bless you. May the lord rejoice in the helms of Glory with you by his side. Thank you Sir for all you have done on this earth.

  • May the Lord watch over your daughter.

  • As a Gold Star Family we know the pain of the loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and members of the 15th district and all police officers.

  • “Lord our God, You are always faithful and quick to show mercy. Clifton was suddenly and violently taken from us. Come swiftly to his aid, have mercy on him, and comfort his family and friends by the power and protection of the cross. We ask this through Christ our Lord.”

    Amen.

    E.A
    Unit 191.

  • My prayers are with the family, friends and fellow officers of Officer Clifton Lewis. Our communities have sunk to a new low when there is no respect for law and order and each other. To all police officers out there BE SAFE!

  • Heroes Live Forever. You exemplified all it meant to be a Chicago Police Officer and sacrificed your own life for your fellow man. Well done, Brother, enjoy eternity with the Father.

  • I was in the academy and a unit with PO Lewis while we were all on probation. He always had a smile that helped brighten the day. He was a wonderful person and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and fiancee.

  • My thoughts and prayers for Officer Lewis and for his family and friends. Also
    for our brave Chicago Police Dept., so sad to end 2011 with this officer’s
    death. May God hold him in the hollow of His hand. Jan Hull,caps/23rd

  • Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. Cliff will be remembered at our next Police Mass (Sunday, Christmas day, 08 JAN, 11:00 a.m. at Mercy Home – 1140 W. Jackson Blvd). In the meantime, may family and friends know the healing touch of Jesus Christ! [Police Chaplains Ministry: 312/738-7588]

  • From the members of Chicago Blue Rugby, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Lewis. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers…

  • We are so sorry your family has to experience this tragedy. We will keep you in our prayers and pray that the person responsible will be brought to justice and for your family to find peace. Another angel in heaven another guard at the gate. You have our deepest condolences.

  • Officer Lewis is a great example Black, White, and all other races can and should aspire to; honor your responsibilities, take care of your children, work to make those dreams come true, and never give up on thos dreams. The fact the lousy thugs can take a life like this is a travesty and the community should stop at nothing to capture these criminals and show that justice will prevail.
    God bless his family he leaves behind only in body not in spirit.

  • I am so sorry for the loss of this obviously much-loved police officer. My heart, prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Clifton Lewis. There is no reason why this had to happen, but for the actions of someone who was thoughtless and uncaring for his fellow human beings. May the soul of Clifton rest in peace until he is reunited one day with his loved ones.

  • My heart goes out to Officer Lewis’ family, friends, and fellow officers. We cannot allow his service and sacrifice to be forgotten. I will keep all of those who knew and loved him lifted in prayer. Brother Officer Lewis REST IN PEACE.

  • My sincere sympathy to Clifton and his Family & Friends at this time. I sometimes wonder why I was one of the “Lucky” ones, who lived to talk about being shot. I thank God every day for the second chance at life that I was granted. I am still on the job, and I love what I do for a living, however, it has cost me dearly. Take care, and we will always remember.

  • God bless you and your family!!! Sorry you
    Had to be taken away from your family.
    Thank you for your service. May our good Lord comfort the family of Ifficer Lewis. I hope they catch the evil doers.RIP officer Lewis

  • I am 53 and a recent widow and mother who lost her only child. I also have lost one parent earlier in life but not as his little baby girl. I am profoundly grief stricken with you. I could not believe one of the holiest of days he was taken from you doing service. To his fiancee’, your pain is so great. That little one will remind in the days and years to come how the deep sorrow will exchange itself to warm smiles. Like breathing. Stay close to family. To one Mama, from another. The pain is as Mother Mary saw her son on the cross. I know you and my prayers will keep you. To his family, my prayers that his joy remain in your hearts always you know he wants you to live your llives to the fullest and take of his two girls.

  • I met Cliff a few times whilst I was visiting my other friends at the 15th district he was always very friendly and took an interest in my work in England. I am certain the rest of his brothers on the CPD will get those animals that have committed such a cowardly act.
    R.I.P brother

  • I happened upon this page by accident. I couldnt look at Cliff’s picture and not be moved to leave a comment. I did not know Cliff very well. We had only met a few times. His fiancee has been my very best friend/sister for close to 30 years. One thing I can say was that Cliff was one in a billion. From just the few occasions that I have had the pleasure to be in his company he was a really wonderful person. And the fact that we both graduated from Jackson State University endured him to me even more. Most importantly was the way he treated my best friend. That Monday when she came to see me in the hospital after they had gotten engaged, I could see how happy she was, how she just glowed like a star in the sky when talking about the upcoming wedding. Never in a million years did I think that just a few short days later, Cliff would be snatched from her. Thank you everyone for keeping this family in your prayers. My sister is doing well, she has her good and her bad days as should be expected. But know that her faith and relationship with God keeps her going forward.

  • RIP to my brother I will always miss and love you. Our time together ended way too soon and I would give anything to hear your voice again ;( You were such an amazing man and loved by so many….you were truly a hero! Until we meet again I will cherish the memories and stare at your pictures. I love you big brother!!!!!!

  • WE WILL MISS YOU FOREVER CLIFF… HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAY 5, MY BROTHER. IN OUR HEARTS AND ON OUR MIND FOREVER.

  • Walking through the the back hall of 015 and you always being friendly is one thing I will remember. Asking me to come to the ‘private’ tac office to watch game 7 of the blackhawks playoff seriews will always be in my heart. You were a great officer, coworker, and will never be forgotten!

  • RIP

  • As I read all of the wonderful comments and post about my heart P.O Clifton Lewis tears filled my eyes. It is such a pleasure to know that so many people cares and continue to hold us in their thoughts and prayers. No one knows how hard it has been for me. I ask the question why every day. How could someone be so mean and evil and heartless to take a life. There is a void but each day I am able to fill it with the wonderful memories that I have and the memories that others have of Cliff as well. To the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, I thank you for a job well done and pray daily for you because you risk your lives for everyone else’s safety. Thank you all for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers. I WILL NEVER FORGET!

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