Murder Suspect: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ actor Johnny Lewis dead at 28
Lewis pictured at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Sept. 2011.
An actor in the series “Sons of Anarchy” went on a bizarre rampage Wednesday that ended with the death of his elderly landlady and his own fatal fall from a roof in a Los Angeles neighborhood, sources said.
Investigators are looking at drugs as a possible motive, a source told the Daily News.
Officers responding to calls of a “screaming woman” in an upscale section of Los Feliz discovered Johnny Lewis, 28, sprawled in a driveway after apparently falling or jumping to his death from the structure Wednesday morning, police said.
Lewis previously dated singer Katy Perry. He got out of jail Sept. 21 after spending about six weeks behind bars for assault with a deadly weapon, a law enforcement source told The News.
Police on the scene where Lewis was found dead outside a L.A. home.
“Johnny was the bright star of our lives. We always looked up to him, and now I guess we’ll have to look up a little higher,” dad Michael Lewis, 62, told the Daily News as his voice cracked with emotion.
He declined to discuss the circumstances of his son’s death. “That’s all I can tell you,” he said.
Inside the Los Feliz house Wednesday, police found the body of an 81-year-old Katherine Chabot Davis, who appears to have been killed by blunt force trauma to the head.
“It’s believed that he murdered her inside her Los Feliz home around 10:40 a.m.,” Los Angeles Police Officer Richard French told The News.
He said Lewis had been renting a room from the woman.
Johnny Lewis and Katy Perry pictured in 2006.
“There was obviously something wrong with him. What that was exactly is not known to us at this time,” French said.
A coroner source said early Thursday that officials had not yet done a drug screen on Lewis’ body and full toxicology results could take weeks.
A neighbor and a handyman who responded to the screams Wednesday morning before police arrived were beaten in a confrontation, police said.
Lewis apparently fought with them using a 2-by-4 and showed “superhuman strength,” TMZ.com reported.
Over a 12-year acting career, Lewis also starred in 2007’s “Aliens vs. Predator — Requiem” and had recurring roles on the television series “The O.C.” and “American Dream.”
The Los Angeles native is best known for playing the motorcycle gang member “Half Sack” on “Sons of Anarchy.”
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