• Short Summary

    A convicted murderer was shot and killed in a Chicago courthouse yesterday (19 October) after he seized a hostage and tried to escape.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Criminal Court Building, Chicago, and people outside (2 shots)
    0.08

    2.
    MV & SCU Shot convict on floor (2 shots)
    0.18

    3.
    MV Police and crowd inside courtroom
    0.22

    4.
    MV Dead convict, carried into police van
    0.32

    5.
    SV Attorney leaving in police car
    0.37

    6.
    MV & SV Lewis's brother being arrested outside court (3 shots)
    0.51

    7.
    MV Lewis's mother being carried away by friends
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    Initials JMR/DW/MH/1639 JMR/DW/MH/1548



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A convicted murderer was shot and killed in a Chicago courthouse yesterday (19 October) after he seized a hostage and tried to escape.

    After being sentenced to the electric chair, the convict, Gene Lewis, aged 28, produced a gun, reportedly given to him by another prisoner in the Criminal Court Building. He put the gun to the head of a deputy sheriff and forced him to accompany him to the seventh floor where they met two attorneys. One tried to run away and was slightly injured by a shot from Lewis.

    Guards closed in. Four bullets hit the convict and he died in a corridor. The deputy sheriff escaped unhurt.

    Lewis had been convicted of killing a guard while robbing a truck in Des Plaines, Illinois. He was described by Chicago police as one of the city's moist dangerous criminals.

    After the shooting in the court building there was a disturbance outside involving Lewis's brother, David. He tried to park his car in front of the court and allegedly threatened a policeman who told him to move on. He was arrested. His mother, who was near to collapse, was carried away by friends.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA17ZAMSYASO3NZWK1NBCAEDEVX
    Media URN:
    VLVA17ZAMSYASO3NZWK1NBCAEDEVX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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