NEW ROADS, LA (WAFB) - A fundraiser in honor slain Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells got off to a great start Friday morning in New Roads.
The barbecue chicken dinner sale began at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. The event is being held at Town Square on Main Street in New Roads. The location is across the street from the city hall.
As of 10:45 a.m., more than 700 dinners had been sold. The dinners cost $8 and all of the ingredients were donated. All proceeds go to the Wells' family.
The fundraiser was organized by the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office, New Roads Police Department and Pointe Coupee Parish fire districts.
Wells, 27, of Jackson, Mississippi, was killed in the line of duty in March. He left behind a pregnant wife. Wells had been with the US Marshals Service for four years.
A task force made up of multiple law enforcement agencies went to the Elm Grove Motel in Baton Rouge on March 10 to arrest double murder suspect Jamie Croom, 31, of New Roads.
There was a shootout while serving the arrest warrant. Wells was fatally shot in the neck. Croom was also shot multiple times and died the following day.
He was wanted in connection with the New Roads double homicide that left a brother and sister dead on February 18.