Police Officer Neil Keith Wells

Police Officer Neil Keith Wells

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, April 4, 2001

Neil Keith Wells

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.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 3430

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Sentenced to 92 years

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Neil, just wanted to let you know how much your missed. I can still remember like it was yesterday talking to you that Monday night before that terrible monster took your life that Wednesday. If only we had known there would have been so much more to say. Thank you for all the good times and for being there for me. Sure wish I could talk to you now. Always and forever on my mind and in my heart. Thank you Neil for our time we shared as close friends.

Sharon U.
Friend Forever

February 13, 2018

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