Correctional Officer Wayne L. Selle

Correctional Officer Wayne L. Selle

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, July 31, 1973

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Wayne L. Selle

Correctional Officer Wayne Selle was stabbed to death by an inmate with a shank at USP Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kansas.

He was at the scene of a disturbance in one of the cell houses when an inmate, with a covered face, began chasing him with the shank. His body was found later in the day at the base of the steps going into an open dormitory below the cell house.

Officer Selle was survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Kansas
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in Peace

I ask one thing - that in still, far-off days,
Someone who knew me should in their daily rounds,
Suddenly pause, caught by some sight or sound,
Some glance, some phrase, some trick of memory's ways
which brings me to mind, then I shall wait,
eager with hope, perhaps to hear -
“how great if he were with us still!”
And then at the end, all that I wish for is just -
“he was my friend!”

From “A Soldier's Epitaph” by David McNicholl

N Elias
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, USDOJ
Former Security Police Officer, USAF

May 28, 2017

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