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Police Officer Carter Lee Wells | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Carter Lee Wells

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Friday, May 23, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Paroled after 13 years

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Police Officer Carter Wells was shot and killed with his own service weapon while making a traffic stop. Officer Wells was normally a motor officer but was driving a patrol car.

During the traffic stop he was leaning into the patrol car when the suspect grabbed his service weapon and shot him.

The subject fled the scene but was apprehended following a pursuit. The man was convicted of Officer Wells' murder and sentenced to prison, but was paroled after serving only 13 years.

Officer Wells had served with the Detroit Police Department for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 23, 2015


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