Man convicted in 1974 Montgomery shootout dies in prison

Shootout at WAPX radio on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery
Published: Aug. 8, 2017 at 8:17 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2017 at 5:16 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery man convicted in a 1974 shootout has died in prison, the Alabama Department of Corrections confirms.

According to ADOC, Arthur Lewis died Friday. He was the primary defendant in a 1974 shootout in Montgomery, during which three heavily armed men, who described themselves as being part of a Muslim group, took over WAPX radio on a crowded Dexter Avenue.

After keeping police at bay for some time, the standoff ended in an explosive exchange of gunfire.

One retired Montgomery police officer was killed in the incident. The suspects were eventually convicted and sent to prison.

Lewis' cause of death is not being released due to privacy laws that prevent the release of medical information.

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