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Police Officer Neil Keith Wells | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Neil Keith Wells

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 4, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 3430

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Offender: Sentenced to 92 years

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Officer Neil Wells was shot and killed while he and other officers were investigating a complaint of drug dealing in a partially vacant apartment building.

Officer Wells was in plain clothes and wearing a vest. As he searched the building, he encountered one of the suspects and was shot twice, once in the chest and once in the side, with an AK-47 rifle. At least one of the rounds bypassed his vest.

Three suspects were apprehended at the scene shortly after the shooting. The shooter was determined to have been released early from prison after using a false name. He was apprehended after murdering Officer Wells and sentenced to 62 to 92 years for the murder.

Officer Wells was a member of a unit which policed high-crime areas. He had been employed with the Detroit Police Department for 14 years, and is survived by a teenage son and a teenage daughter.

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Officer Wells, I am thinking of you as your family today. It's the day before Thanksgiving. You were the officer that handled my shooting in 1990. You came to my house over on Warrington to check up on me constantly. I was 14. I'm almost 40 now. You came to the hospital too. I've never really processed your death because I heard the news a few years after it happened. I've been carrying it with me, and today it hit me like a ton of bricks. I really really miss you. I have three kids that I know you would have looked out for like you looked out for me. I'm so sorry this happened to you, and I know you are protecting and serving above us. I know you carried me through some tough times. God bless you and your family,

Kristen Lee JD
November 23, 2016


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