Chief of Police Albert S. Wells

Chief of Police Albert S. Wells

Woodbury Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, April 4, 1924

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Albert S. Wells

Chief Albert Wells succumbed to a gunshot wound inflicted the previous day while attempting to arrest a juvenile who had been stealing money from a bank.

The boy had been suspected of entering the bank while it was closed during the lunch hour and stealing small amounts of money.

At the request of bank employees, Chief Wells was in the bank when the boy entered. As Chief Wells arrested the boy, the bank's telephone rang. When the chief set his pistol down to answer the phone, the boy picked up the gun and shot him in the head.

Chief Wells was taken to a hospital in Atlanta where he died the following day. The boy was taken from the Woodbury jail by a mob of angry citizens and lynched.

Chief Wells was survived by his wife.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 3, 1924
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 88th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 4, 2012

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