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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Dear Uncle Victor,
You are still missed and talked about in our house.
My children that are now grown know your name and have seen the faded pictures in the album in the hall.
I have many memories of good day's gone by.
But I have a childhood memory that still breaks my heart in to.
Sitting there waiting to say goodbye to you.

Teresa Blanco

September 3, 2015

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