Officer Eggers worked part time as a guard at the SeaFirst Bank at 2555 Beacon Avenue S. At approximately noon, Ray Albert Lewis, a Navy veteran and parolee, used a note to demand money from a teller. Officer Eggers was seated at a desk talking on a telephone and may not have been aware that a robbery was in progress. Lewis walked past the officer and pulled a sawed off .410 gauge shotgun from a briefcase and shot Eggers in the head.
In 1986, Lewis was convicted of aggravated first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
In March 1972, Officer Eggers had been one of five officers wounded by a sniper at the Bush Hotel at 621 S Jackson Street.