P.O. Clifton P. Lewis #4103

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.