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Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Lamar Wells | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy U.S. Marshal

Josie Lamar Wells

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 30406

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Louisiana

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was shot and killed as he and other members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a double-murder suspect at the Elm Grove Motel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Shots were exchanged as the team attempted to take the man into custody and Deputy Wells was struck. He was transported to a local hospital by another deputy marshal but succumbed to his wounds a short time later. The subject was shot multiple times and died the following day.

Deputy Marshal Wells had served with the United States Marshals Service for four years and was assigned to the Southern District Office in Mississippi. He is survived by his expectant wife, parents, three brothers, and four sisters. His father and three brothers are all law enforcement officers.

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Such a tragedy. He was grinning in our office as an eager young intern student. Then he went to our academy to earn his badge and flashed that trademark smile as he showed it to us. He left for his first duty station for a few years before returning home to begin his family as he worked with us. Then he went to help with a fugitive operation in a neighboring state and was taken.
This is what we do, but the price is terribly high.
We miss Josie.
Some wounds never seem to heal.
But there is comfort in knowing that his faith was so strong - the pillar of his central character.

Matthew Dell CDUSM
USMS
April 21, 2016

 

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