- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Long Beach police have released a composite sketch of one of two persons of interest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of an officer 40 years ago.

Investigators said Monday that they received information leading to the development of the sketch following a news conference last week offering a $50,000 reward in the case.

Police say Officer Franke Neal Lewis’s killers may have fled in a 1960s white Fleetwood Cadillac or a mid-70s, blue Fleetwood with a black top.

Lewis, a 28-year-old father of two, was returning from work around 3 a.m. when he noticed a disturbance near his home.

Police say someone was beating up a schoolteacher, possibly in an attempt to steal his car. When Lewis arrived, he was shot in the face.

Teacher Denis Gitschier, now retired, credits Lewis with saving his life.



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