Third suspect charged in shooting death of officer Clifton Lewis - New York News

Third suspect charged in shooting death of officer Clifton Lewis

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Suspect Alexander Villa, 25. Suspect Alexander Villa, 25.
Suspects Edgardo Colon, 34, and Tyrone Clay, 29. Suspects Edgardo Colon, 34, and Tyrone Clay, 29.
Chicago police officer Clifton Lewis Chicago police officer Clifton Lewis
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A third suspect has been arrested and charged with the 2011 murder of Chicago Police Officer Clifton Lewis during a West Side convenience store robbery.

Alexander Villa, 25, of the 4500 block of West Altgeld St., was charged with first degree murder of a peace officer, aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm, according to a release issued by the police Office of News Affairs.

Lewis was gunned down during a holdup on Dec. 29, 2011, at the M&M Quick Foods at 1201 N. Austin Boulevard, the Sun-Times reported at the time of the shooting.

He was working off-duty in the convenience store when armed suspects entered the store and robbed it, firing several shots at Lewis during the robbery, police said.

"The murder of Officer Clifton Lewis was a tragic loss to his family, friends, and colleagues as well as the entire City of Chicago," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy said in a statement. "It is a measure of comfort to bring to justice the dangerous and despicable individuals who committed this horrible act."

Edgardo Colon and Tyrone Clay were arrested on Jan. 7, 2012, and charged with first degree murder of a peace officer and murder while in commission of a forcible felony, police said.

They were indicted on the charges Feb. 3 of the same year, the Sun-Times reported.

Villa is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday.

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