Detective Victor R. Wells, III

Detective Victor R. Wells, III

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, October 2, 1980

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Victor R. Wells, III

Detective Wells was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a taxi cab. He was in plainclothes driving an unmarked police vehicle when he stopped the cab. The taxi driver shot him and then fled the scene. Several citizens followed the taxi and the suspect was arrested.
In trial the suspect claimed he did not know that Detective Wells was a police officer and was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. The man was able to get a second trial and was acquitted of all charges.
Detective Wells had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Victor and his family lived right across the street from me and my family. I remember my parents telling us. I was young but I remember that day,he was such a nice man. I hope his family is doing ok I haven't seen Kevin and his sister and a long time.

Judith Ramos

February 29, 2020

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