Officer shooting stirs local memories

Colfax High School alumna at husband’s bedside
By: Gloria Beverage
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Colfax High School graduate Carissa (Marson) Lewis has been in Sacramento maintaining a bedside vigil over her husband, Duke Lewis, since Saturday. A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy, Lewis was shot Saturday afternoon while confronting three men suspected of a Rocklin bank robbery. In fact, Lewis’ shooting stirred memories of Colfax resident and Sacramento Police Officer Bill Bean Jr., who was murdered 10 years ago during a routine traffic stop in Del Paso Heights. “We are so blessed and so lucky we had a different outcome. Bill Bean (Jr.) didn’t have a good outcome. His life ended,” said Deputy Lewis’ mother-in-law Connie Marson. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Tim Curran, Lewis was on patrol shortly after 1 p.m. when he was waved down at the corner of Madison Avenue and Hillsdale Boulevard. An individual reported seeing three men wearing masks behind a business. Lewis pulled around the building, and was exiting his vehicle when 19-year-old Jordan Elijah Latour shot him, Curran continued. The injured deputy ran across Madison Avenue where he was met by a Rocklin Police officer in the area looking for three men involved in a robbery that had happened just minutes earlier. When he learned Lewis had been shot, the officer transported Lewis to Mercy San Juan Hospital in his patrol car. En route to the hospital, Lewis was able to broadcast a description of the suspects and the direction they had fled, Curran noted. A nine-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, Lewis, 32, was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a single gunshot to the shoulder. “It missed all the major stuff, but did fracture his clavicle,” Marson said. “He is expected to make a full recovery.” Since Saturday, deputies have gone out of the way to help Lewis and his wife of two years, she continued. “One of the guys gave Carissa money to go out and eat,” Marson said. “Another went to REI and bought a cot so she could stay in his room. I have seen so much support for him and our daughter by the department and so many others that my heart is full.” Marson describes her son-in-law as the type of officer who tries to help individuals resolve problems. Like Bill Bean Jr., Lewis is “the sort of kid who cares about where he grew up. He’s truly a good kid,” Marson said. Still, she worries about the safety of officers in today’s economy. “With the economy feeling the pinch, the department has been forced to cut back on officers and it is putting them in great danger,” she said. “People are desperate in desperate times. This situation could have been so much worse.” Within minutes of Lewis’ shooting, multiple law enforcement agencies responded. One-half hour later, CHP officers spotted two of the suspects walking on the freeway near Madison Avenue. They attempted to run from officers, but were quickly apprehended. The search for the third suspect continued until shortly before 3 p.m. when the Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team found him in a backyard shed in the 4300 block of Chapel Way. Latour was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail and charged with the attempted murder of a sheriff’s deputy. The other two suspects – Loureece Clark, 34, and a 17-year-old juvenile — were turned over to the Rocklin Police Department to face charges in connection with the robbery of the Wells Fargo bank.. It was a pretty rough week for Lewis (and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office), Marson concluded. The deputy was the first officer to arrive at the Aug. 6 traffic accident involving Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kelly Lara. She was fatally injured on her way to work.