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Detective James L. Wells | Seattle Police Department, Washington Seattle Police Department, Washington


James L. Wells

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, November 28, 1897

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and arrested

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Detective Wells was shot and killed by a suspect he was transporting in a horse-drawn wagon to police headquarters. When they arrived at headquarters the suspect produced a handgun and shot Detective Wells. Detective Wells was able to return fire, striking the suspect. The suspect was captured a short time later.

Detective Wells had served with the Seattle Police Department for 5 years and had previously served with the King County Sheriff's Department for 2 years.

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On today, the the 119th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Seattle.


United States Border Patrol
November 28, 2016


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