Police Officer Neil Keith Wells

Police Officer Neil Keith Wells

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, April 4, 2001

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Neil Keith Wells

Officer Neil Wells was shot and killed while he and other officers were investigating a complaint of drug dealing in a partially vacant apartment building at Cherrylawn and Ellsworth.

Officer Wells was in plain clothes and wearing a vest. As he searched the building, he encountered one of the suspects and was shot twice, once in the chest and once in the side, with an AK-47 rifle. At least one of the rounds bypassed his vest.

Three suspects were apprehended at the scene shortly after the shooting. The shooter was determined to have been released early from prison after using a false name. He was apprehended after murdering Officer Wells and sentenced to 62 to 92 years for the murder.

Officer Wells was a member of a unit which policed high-crime areas. He had been employed with the Detroit Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by a teenage son and a teenage daughter.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 3430

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Sentenced to 92 years

narcotics, plainclothes

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April 4th is such a sad day, not just for me but for our old crew as well. Some of us talk, meet or communicate in some way on this date every year. You will never be forgotten and ours hearts will always ache. You were great to work with and a treasured friend.

Lt. Joan L. Graham (Retired)
Detroit Police Department

April 4, 2019

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