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- May. 28, 1921 -
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Norton Police Department Agency Patch
Resided: VA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: May. 28, 1921
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 39 yrs. of age
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Dept: Norton Police Dept.
VA   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Chief of Police
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
On The Job: 15 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: VA   USA   Sat. May. 28, 1921
Summary: Chief Worley Wells succumbed to a gunshot wound inflicted five days earlier when he was shot by a suspect he had arrested a short time earlier for public drunkenness.

The suspect, and another man who had been arrested with him, were released from custody and told to go directly home. Instead, the man procured a revolver and then shot Chief Wells when he attempted to arrest him again.

A major manhunt ensued, however, the suspect eluded custody. He was arrested in Fresno, California, in August 1923 and returned to Wise County for trial. He was convicted of Chief Wells' murder and sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Chief Wells had served as police chief for 7 years and had served in law enforcement for 15 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.

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