Damon Lynn Wells, 43, is recovering from a gunshot wound and, once released, will be escorted to Love County Jail pending charges of felonious pointing of a firearm and arson following an incident Sunday morning, according to Capt. Ronnie Hampton of Highway Patrol Troop F.


Damon Lynn Wells, 43, is recovering from a gunshot wound and, once released, will be escorted to Love County Jail pending charges of felonious pointing of a firearm and arson following an incident Sunday morning, according to Capt. Ronnie Hampton of Highway Patrol Troop F.

 

Hampton said the Love County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a domestic dispute around 4 a.m. and dispatched a deputy to Thackerville. A highway patrolman was in Thackerville and asked if assistance was needed, then proceeded to a private residence located about a 1/2 mile east of Thackerville.

 

Upon arriving at the scene, both deputy and patrolman were met by Wells’ wife, who said she and her husband had been involved in an argument, which was both verbal and physical.

 

Prior to law enforcement arriving, Hampton said Wells had rammed a vehicle into a truck and his mobile home. Wells set the mobile home on fire and his wife and children, aged 5 to 13, were secured in the Love County patrol unit. Wells was instructed to come forward and disregarded the request. He went back into his home and came out armed.

 

“He had a long gun which is similar to a rifle,” Hampton said. “The patrolman told him to drop the weapon and he refused. He took a stance and began to raise his weapon.”

 

In an effort to protect himself and the family, the deputy shot Wells in the abdomen. He was taken to Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore, where he is being treated.

 

“We don’t know when he will be released, but upon release, he will be taken to Love County Jail,” Hampton said.

 

Michael Pineda
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