The Gadsden County community is mourning the death of a native son killed in the line of duty.
Lonnie Wells, a police and school resource officer in Charleston, South Carolina, was shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call over the weekend. The news the Wells family in Quincy received Sunday left them in shock and disbelief.
Berkeley County authorities say a man shot and killed Moncks Corner police officer Lonnie Wells and wounded a second officer before dying in a shootout with police. Officials say the 40-year-old Wells was killed Sunday afternoon.
The two officers were responding to a 911 call about a couple arguing at a laundromat when they were shot. The family is devastated. The county coroner says it's unclear whether the suspect killed himself or was shot by deputies.
The shooter's name has not been released. Lonnie wells' mother and several siblings still reside in Quincy.
WCTV spoke with Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young Monday morning, who was a classmate and close friend of Lonnie Wells. Sheriff Young says when Wells retired from the military he asked his advice about getting into law enforcement and he encouraged him to do so.
Sheriff Young says Wells will, of course, be missed by many. Police say 26-year-old officer Marcus Stiles was shot in the head. He was still in critical condition Monday morning.
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