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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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Dear Neil: You will not be forgotten. I'll never forget that day I was driving home from work and heard your name mentioned in the news. I was so very saddened to hear the terrible news and kept several newspaper articles on the tragic story. You were the neighbor boy around the corner that played with my brother, and we became friends. You were the first boy I ever kissed and included in many of my diary entries. Riding on your 10-speed bike past my house, we exchanged waves. Now, it's been 15 years already since you passed. I'll never forget your very blue eyes and gentle spirit. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family always.

Debbie M.
Neighbor and Friend
May 13, 2016


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