Police Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The chief of a small Louisville-area police department has died after an accident on the Gene Snyder Freeway in east Louisville.

The wreck happened near La Grange Road at about 2 p.m. EDT Monday.

Louisville police spokesman Phil Russell says a box truck hit a police vehicle from the Forest Hills Police Department. The vehicle was parked near a construction site with its emergency lights on to protect a crew working on the freeway. Three construction workers were injured.

The officer killed was Forest Hills Police Chief Randy Wells, 67, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner R.D. Jones told The Courier-Journal.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

A horrible scene unfolding this afternoon, as a police officer is killed in the line of duty.

The officer was in his cruiser parked near a construction site on the Gene Snyder Freeway in Jefferson County, when a box truck slammed into him.

Police say the cruiser did have its emergency lights on, and was there to protect construction crews working in the area.

Three construction crews were hurt.

They're not identifying the officer killed, or saying where he's from, other than indicating he's from a small town near Louisville.

The Gene Snyder Freeway is closed, and will be for a few more hours.


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  • by E. KY MOM Location: Eastern KY on Oct 31, 2007 at 11:49 AM
    Not knowing why the box truck hit makes it hard to say things that might hurt someone. And "IF" is not good because your still not sure. I wish the media would tell the whole story so that the public is informed and not mis-informed. And if they don't know the whole story at the time then don't put it up for comments until the whole story is out there! I pray for the officers family who was doing his job and now is gone, I pray for the driver of the box truck and his family no matter what the cause of the accidient is he will live with this the rest of his life and I pray for the construction workers that were injured. WKYT- Put the facts out there so the public is informed!!
  • by jake Location: richmond on Oct 30, 2007 at 11:29 AM
    randy wells is a hero, his sacrafice probably saved those workers lives.. we all owe these real life heroes a thank you..so thank you randy and to his family thank you..
  • by Don Location: London on Oct 30, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    When are people going to get ther heads out of their butts and pay attention in construction zones.This was a stupid,senceless accident that could easily have been avoided by simply paying attention and slowing down for a work zone.
  • by Heather Location: Harlan County KY on Oct 30, 2007 at 01:33 AM
    My Thoughts and Prayers are with the family of the fallen officer.
  • by KVE OFFICER Location: PIKEVILLE POST on Oct 30, 2007 at 01:03 AM
    GOD BLESS CHIEF WELLS AND THE FOREST HILLS POLICE DEPT.
  • by Steven Location: Lexington on Oct 29, 2007 at 09:42 PM
    My prayers go out to the family of Randy Wells.
  • by Rodney Location: Corbin on Oct 29, 2007 at 06:44 PM
    I would like to take this time to offer my thoughts and prays go out to his family in the lose of their loveone may god bless you.
  • by Joe Location: Fort Wright on Oct 29, 2007 at 04:58 PM
    People need to slow down!!!!!!!!!!!!! This Police Officer did everything right! He had his lights on and was trying to protect these construction workers! After the investigation whom ever is at fault, be it the box truck driver or perhaps a driver who forced him off the road, needs to be charged criminally. What ever the statue allows under the law should be given to the guilty party. A good Officer lost his life! No sense for such a thing to happen. I know life is busy, people have to work, but think is that extra time or dollar worth your life or the life of others. Please Slow Down Kentucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by me Location: ky on Oct 29, 2007 at 03:16 PM
    i am so very sorry for the family of this officer,this man may not have been chasing a murder or a druggie but he gave his life everyday to protect us bless his family
  • by Heather Location: KY on Oct 29, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    I bet the person who hit this officer was speeding; if so, I hope the person that hit this officer is not given a fine and sent back out on the roads to kill or hurt someone else. This is so awful. God bless this officer's family.
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