Patrolman William Gene Wells

Patrolman William Gene Wells

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, December 21, 1965

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William Gene Wells

Patrolman William Wells was struck by a vehicle and killed while on secondary assignment for the F. & R. Lazarus Store parking garage at Front Street and Rich Street in Columbus.

A driver was unable to stop his vehicle driving down the parking ramp despite placing both feet on the brake pedal. Patrolman Wells warned and moved other pedestrians out of the way before he was hit by the car and pushed into a wall.

He had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 267

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

directing traffic, mechanical failure, secondary employment

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William Gene Wells of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 93 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 21, 2023

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