Police Officer Killed in South Carolina

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

A police officer and Quincy native has died in the line of duty in South Carolina.

Lonnie Michael Wells was shot and killed responding to a domestic dispute. Family and friends in his hometown are in shock they say Lonnie Michael Wells was charismatic, funny and just an overall good guy.

Wells moved to South Carolina to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a policeman. He worked at a middle school as a resource officer.

Hazel Wells is grieving the loss of her youngest son, Lonnie Michael Wells, killed in the line of duty over the weekend in South Carolina. Wells never imagined she would see her son everyone calls Michael, dead at the age of 40.

Hazel Wells, a mother, said, "He was a lovely child he cared about people, and that means so much when you can care not just us, but everybody and I thank God for Michael. I thank God for all my children.”

South Carolina police say wells and another officer were responding to a domestic dispute when gunshots rang out.

Wells was found dead near a patrol car at the suspect's home. The other officer was shot in the head and died at the hospital Monday morning. His law enforcement career began two years ago after serving 20 years in the Navy. He moved to South Carolina, fulfilling his longtime dream of becoming a police officer.

David Ganious, brother-in-law, said, "As a matter of fact, he was resource officer of the year. He was really, really into the school kids. They loved him and he was just a good all around guy.”

Cynthia Henry, a childhood friend, added, "A beautiful smile, always happy, never sad. I was looking forward to being with him maybe in a couple of months."

Several members of the family are traveling to South Carolina to be with Wells' wife and two children.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.


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