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US Marshal's Office marks anniversary of Josie Wells' death

US Deputy Marshal Josie Wells (Source: USMS) US Deputy Marshal Josie Wells (Source: USMS)
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  • About US Marshal Deputy Josie Wells

    About US Marshal Deputy Josie Wells

    Thursday, March 10 2016 1:28 AM EST2016-03-10 06:28:20 GMT
    Thursday, March 10 2016 1:28 AM EST2016-03-10 06:28:19 GMT
    US Marshal Josie Wells was taken to Lane Regional Medical Center by fellow deputies after he was shot Tuesday morning. He was part of a task force serving an arrest warrant to a suspect wanted for a double homicide.More >>
    US Marshal Josie Wells was taken to Lane Regional Medical Center by fellow deputies after he was shot Tuesday morning. He was part of a task force serving an arrest warrant to a suspect wanted for a double homicide.More >>
  • Son of slain US Marshal born Thursday

    Son of slain US Marshal born Thursday

    Thursday, August 27 2015 4:12 PM EDT2015-08-27 20:12:10 GMT
    Thursday, August 27 2015 5:00 PM EDT2015-08-27 21:00:26 GMT
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    Josie Wells, Jr., was born Thursday, more than five months after his father was gunned down serving a fugitive warrant in Louisiana.More >>
    Josie Wells, Jr., was born Thursday, more than five months after his father was gunned down serving a fugitive warrant in Louisiana.More >>
  • Loved ones prepare to say final goodbyes to slain US marshal

    Loved ones prepare to say final goodbyes to slain US marshal

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 5:04 AM EDT2015-03-17 09:04:31 GMT
    Tuesday, March 17 2015 5:45 AM EDT2015-03-17 09:45:22 GMT
    Hundreds of people will gather Tuesday for the funeral of a deputy US marshal who was gunned down in Baton Rouge last week. His funeral will be held in his hometown in Mississippi. It will be streamed live online.More >>
    Hundreds of people will gather Tuesday for the funeral of a deputy US marshal who was gunned down in Baton Rouge last week. His funeral will be held in his hometown in Mississippi. It will be streamed live online.More >>
  • Coroner reports Jamie Croom, accused of killing US marshal, has died

    Coroner reports Jamie Croom, accused of killing US marshal, has died

    Wednesday, March 11 2015 9:19 AM EDT2015-03-11 13:19:29 GMT
    Thursday, March 12 2015 3:48 PM EDT2015-03-12 19:48:44 GMT
    Jamie Croom (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)Jamie Croom (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)
    Officials said the man accused of killing three people, including a US marshal, has died. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office reported Jamie Croom, 31, died early Wednesday morning.More >>
    Officials said the man accused of killing three people, including a US marshal, has died. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office reported Jamie Croom, 31, died early Wednesday morning.More >>
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    Fugitive charged with murder after US Marshal killed in shootout

    Fugitive charged with murder after US Marshal killed in shootout

    Tuesday, March 10 2015 12:45 PM EDT2015-03-10 16:45:02 GMT
    Tuesday, March 10 2015 6:38 PM EDT2015-03-10 22:38:12 GMT
    A US Marshal is dead and a suspect wanted in a double murder was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a shootout in the Scotlandville area of Baton Rouge. United States Attorney Walt Green announced 31-year-old Jamie D. Croom has been charged with the murder of Deputy United States Marshal Josie Wells.Officials with the US Marshals Office say Wells was a part of a task force serving an arrest warrant. Croom was wanted on first degree murder charges in the deaths of two people.The shooting happe...More >>
    A US Marshal is dead and a suspect wanted in a double murder was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a shootout in the Scotlandville area of Baton Rouge. United States Attorney Walt Green announced 31-year-old Jamie D. Croom has been charged with the murder of Deputy United States Marshal Josie Wells.Officials with the US Marshals Office say Wells was a part of a task force serving an arrest warrant. Croom was wanted on first degree murder charges in the deaths of two people.The shooting happe...More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

It’s been one year since Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was killed in the line of duty. 

Born into a family of law enforcement and named after an outlaw, the Mississippi native died protecting citizens in Baton Rouge. His first mission in the city was his last day on earth. 

It was a stunning loss felt throughout the community. 

"You always want to think you'll send them back safe and send him back to his family and everything.  It hurts a lot more I think because you feel like you didn't take care of him," said Kevin Harrison, the US Marshal for the Middle District of Louisiana. 

Since March 2015, the U.S. Marshal's Office has continued its mission to serve and protect. However, the weight of that day still lingers. 

"Why not me? I guess the only answer you can come up with is 'There, but for the grace of God, go I,'" said Harrison. 

Josie left behind a wife who was pregnant at the time with their son, who was born August 27 and named after his father. The community rallied around Josie’s family in the days after his death, raising thousands of dollars to support his wife and son.

Harrison said the outpouring of support did a lot to ease the pain of the loss and remind his deputies why they do what they do. 

"It reassures them that are more good people in this world than there are bad. It gives them sense of not only service but community," said Harrison.

A year later some of the grief has passed, but Josie's memory shines as brightly as ever as his colleagues in Baton Rouge remember his mega-watt smile, contagious charm and dedication to service. 

"Sometimes in the briefest of meetings with certain people, you get a feeling about them that suggests they're born for greatness, or better things. That's the feeling I had about that kid,” said Harrison. “Maybe that's the same feeling the Good Lord had about him." 

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