Patrolman James P. Lewis was shot and killed Dec. 29, while off duty when he identified himself as a police officer. He and two other officers had gone to a bar when they noticed several individuals giving the doorman a hard time. Lewis identified himself as an officer and escorted the men to their car to get identification. Instead, one of the men produced a handgun and shot Lewis.
Although mortally wounded, he was able to return fire, striking the vehicle several times. The bullet holes in the car helped identify the suspects when the car was found several days later.
The suspects were arrested and sentenced to life.
Lewis had been with the San Diego Police Dept. for two years.
His wife and daughter survived him.