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Family of 19-year-old shot by deputy demands action

Published: Feb. 10, 2021 at 10:31 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -After laying their loved one to rest over the weekend, the family of a 19-year-old shot and killed by a Pima County Sheriff’s deputy say they deserve the truth, and they feel a certain tool could have helped with that.

The uncle of Alex Lewis says he harbors no bad feelings toward law enforcement even after this incident, but he will not stop fighting until all deputies have body and dash cameras.

“Nothing makes you feel better, but some things make you feel worse,” says Keith Lewis.

Deputies say Alex Lewis rammed a patrol vehicle when they were chasing him, after he was identified as a suspect in car break ins.

When Alex got out of the car, a deputy shot him, thinking the key fob in his hand was another object.

But there were no body or dash cameras to paint the picture of what happened. Lewis’ uncle Keith finds that unacceptable.

“It’s a common tool. It’s something that police feel comforted having as well. And it’s something that needs to take place in Pima County which is so large,” says Keith.

We took Keith’s concerns to Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos.

He says this case is a prime example of why the equipment is necessary.

“I recognized it early on and said we need to do something and it’s not just me. It’s my entire team. They also are crying out for body cameras,” says Nanos.

Keith tells us his family still has not received any sort of report and they are left “trying to play private investigator.”

He says while getting recording equipment will not bring Alex back, it will ensure something like this doesn’t happen to another family.

“We just want the truth, we just want the facts. We can deal with whatever those are, but we need them! I can’t ask Alex, he’s not here,” says Keith.

Sheriff Nanos says a request has been put in to purchase this equipment. And while it would have been helpful in this case, he does not believe it would have sped up the investigation, where still so many questions remain.

In the meantime, Keith says he and the family will continue to advocate and ask questions until they know what exactly happened to Alex.

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