Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

Sergeant William S. Wells | Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant

William S. Wells

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, September 27, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/20/1948

Weapon: Officer's shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed; apprehended and execute

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

Sergeant William Wells was shot and killed an incident that has become known as the "Paseo Massacre".

One of the suspects was shot and killed; the other was apprehended in December of the same year after killing another officer and was sentenced to death. He was executed December 2, 1949.

Sergeant Wells had served with the Kansas City Police Department for eight years and was survived by his wife and two daughters. He is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Four members of the Kansas City Police Department were shot and killed after responding to a disturbance call at 1334 Paseo Road. The suspect was creating problems with his neighbors. The first officers to arrive were Patrolman Neaves and Washington. As they were placing the suspect under arrest, his brother exited the building with a shotgun. He fired at Patrolman Neaves point blank, killing him. The original suspect then took the shotgun from his brother and killed Patrolman Washington as he rushed to aid his partner. The suspects then removed a shotgun from the officer's patrol car.

When Patrolman Perrine and Sergeant Wells arrived on the scene they exchanged gunfire with the suspects. Patrolman Perrine was shot and killed during the exchange and Sergeant Wells was seriously wounded. Both suspects were killed along with an innocent bystander. Sergeant Wells died seven days later from his gunshot wounds.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Patrolman Charles H. Perrine
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Monday, September 20, 1948
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Charles William Neaves
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Monday, September 20, 1948
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Sandy William Washington
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Monday, September 20, 1948
Cause: Gunfire

View all 13 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

Marcia and family,
My brother and I are collaborating on family genealogy research. He recently discovered that you and the maternal line of your family, as well as the maternal line of our family, are related. My brother's research recently led him to an article published by the Kansas City, MO Police Officers Memorial about the September 20, 1948 Paseo Massacre. I am contacting you through this Reflections site for two reasons: First and foremost we want you to know that we are so very sorry that your family, as well as the families of the other three police officers, had to experience such a terrible tragedy, and we offer our sincere condolences. No doubt it has had far-reaching effects for at least three generations. Secondly, if you are willing to perhaps help with our family research, we would appreciate it if you would so indicate, and I will send you contact information.

Janet Andrews
Family Member
May 26, 2015

 

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
 
All 2017 Deaths