Director Stacia Hylton of the Department of Justice, United States Marshal’s Office sadly reports that Deputy Marshal Josie Wells died today as a result of a gunshot wound he sustained during an arrest.
Deputy Marshal Josie Wells, 27, and other members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force Team attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Jamie Croom, age 31.
Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Beauregard Torres said that Croom was wanted in the shooting deaths of LeChelle Williams and her brother Sinica Lee Williams that occurred last month at the Sugar Shack Night Club in New Roads, Louisiana.
As the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Team attempted to take Croom into custody shots were exchanged. Deputy Marshal Wells was struck by the gun fire. The suspect was also shot multiple times.
Marshal Wells was transported to Lane Regional Medical Center by another Deputy Marshal. He succumbed to his gunshot would a short time after his arrival.
Deputy Marshal Wells was assigned to the Southern District in Mississippi, but was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on temporary assignment as a part of the Fugitive Task Force Team.
Deputy Marshal Wells comes from a proud family with a history in law enforcement. His father, Obie Wells Sr. is a retired Jackson County Sheriff Deputy and his brother, Obie Wells Jr. is a Police Officer with the Jackson Police Department in Mississippi.
Deputy Marshal Josie Wells-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
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Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow