Deputy Sheriff Pliny D. Wells

Deputy Sheriff Pliny D. Wells

Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, June 20, 1838

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Pliny D. Wells

Deputy Sheriff Pliny Wells was stabbed to death as he and another deputy tried to execute an arrest warrant in Robinson Township.

He and another deputy became separated as they approached the suspect's farm. While approaching the farm Deputy Wells spotted the subject in a cornfield and attempted to arrest him. During the arrest, a scuffle ensued and Deputy Wells was stabbed multiple times in his chest. Deputy Wells' partner managed to arrest the subject and was attempting to walk the prisoner to jail in Pittsburgh when the prisoner attacked him and managed to escape.

It is unknown whether the prisoner was ever recaptured or tried.

Deputy Sheriff Wells was deputized to assist the sheriff's office in the arrest after local constables refused to serve the warrant due to the subject's threats.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available

arrest attempt, warrant service

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Deputy, your actions and selflessness are what defines the meaning of duty before self. I am honored to be the second of what I am sure will be many, many more reflections thanking you for your service and heroic actions. Please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 20, 2020

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