The reward for information related to the death of a Chicago police officer last year has been increased, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced in a Chicago Tribune article.
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is offering $40,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction, as police continue to search for at least one other individual they believe was involved in the fatal shooting of Officer Clifton Lewis on Dec. 29, 2011.
A portion of the reward money, $13,500, is being offered by the police union, said Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.
Lewis, 41, an eight-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was working off-duty at a convenience store in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard when armed offenders entered the store, intending to rob it.
During the incident several shots were fired at Lewis, killing him.
Police said Saturday two men, Edgardo Colon and Tyrone Clay, were arrested earlier this year in connection to the death, but at least one more suspect remains at large.
The announcement was made in honor of the one-year anniversary of Lewis’ death, in an event at the police district headquarters in Austin on Saturday.
Members of Lewis’ family and police colleagues were present.
“We feel that it’an opportunity to advertise a little bit more that we’re still pursuing this case,” McCarthy said. “When you do put some more money on the table, sometimes people step up.”
Citizens can call 1-888-YPO-SHOT to report any information.