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Gun stolen from slain cop found in cooler during raid

Updated: November 5, 2012 2:09AM

A gun stolen from a Chicago police officer who was killed late last year was recovered Saturday — and a man was charged for possessing it — following a police raid on the West Side.

The semi-automatic Smith & Wesson belonged to Clifton Lewis, who was killed Dec. 29, 2011, when masked gunmen robbed the Austin neighborhood grocery store where he was moonlighting as a security guard. Lewis, 41, had proposed to his girlfriend four days earlier, on Christmas Day.

The gun was allegedly found Saturday afternoon in a cooler at the home of Dimitri Mitchell, 19, after police, armed with a search warrant, forced their way into the home on the 800 block of North Leamington Avenue — about a mile from where Lewis was killed, police said. It is unclear whether the gun is the same one the officer had when he was killed. But it did belong to the officer.

Mitchell, who indicated to police where the gun was hidden, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Lewis’s gun was apparently stolen from him the night he was killed, police sources told the Sun-Times late last year.

About five weeks after his death two men were charged with Lewis’ murder.

It was unclear how Mitchell came into possession of the gun.

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