Correctional Officer Wayne L. Selle

Correctional Officer Wayne L. Selle

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, July 31, 1973

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Wayne L. Selle

Correctional Officer Wayne Selle was stabbed to death by an inmate with a shank at USP Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kansas.

He was at the scene of a disturbance in one of the cell houses when an inmate with a covered face began chasing him with the shank. His body was found later in the day at the base of the steps going into an open dormitory below the cell house.

Four inmates charged with his murder were acquitted but were convicted of attempted riot, assault, and assault with intent to murder.

Officer Selle was a United States Air Force Korea and Vietnam War veteran. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Kansas
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Acquitted

correctional Facility, prisoner custody

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Officer Selle,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Air Force-especially during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 31, 2023

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