Chief of Police. Jason A. Simmons


Officer James Lewis

Alton Police Officer James Lewis was shot several times on December 26, 1916 in the 700 block of Belle Street in Alton. His badge stopped one of the bullets which may have killed him. He died fifteen years later from the wounds of the gunfight. Below is a link to the newspaper articles which appeared in the Alton Evening Telegraph, outlining the details of this shooting.

Newspaper article outlining incident