EDMOND — About 150 relations and mates of two Edmond cops gathered for a prayer vigil Sunday as police Sgt. Joseph Wells continued combating for his life after being struck by a pickup throughout a chase on Friday.
Wells, a 16-year veteran of Edmond’s power and a member of its bike patrol division, remained hospitalized Monday in crucial situation and on “most life assist,” in keeping with a social media submit from the Edmond Police Division.
Sunday’s occasion was organized by Emily Morefield, spouse of Edmond police Sgt. Jeff Morefield. Emily Morefield advised the occasion to assist not solely Wells and his household, but additionally the household of police Sgt. C.J. Nelson, an Edmond bike officer who died in July from accidents sustained in a crash on the Broadway Extension.
Household and mates of the officers gathered Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. exterior of Edmond’s police division.
“I believe it lifted a weight off everybody’s shoulders,” Emily Morefield stated Monday afternoon. “Simply getting collectively, hugging and supporting one another helped loads.”
Amongst these collaborating in Sunday’s occasion had been bike riders, army veterans and quite a few cops.
After the Rev. John Wohlgemuth of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond made a number of remarks to the gathering and led these attending in prayer, individuals then broke into smaller teams to proceed praying.
“That is the place I really feel like the largest affect occurred,” Morefield stated.
Edmond officer concerned in pursuit earlier than crash
On Friday, Wells and different cops had been pursuing a pickup after witnesses known as police to report its driver had clipped a guardrail and several other different autos.
Investigators say the automobile’s driver reversed path on Japanese Avenue in the course of the chase to move towards Wells, who stopped his bike and fired one shot within the automobile’s path.
After that shot was fired, the automobile struck Wells and his bike, throwing him right into a ditch.
Police stated Friday Wells was responsive and alert as medical personnel carried him to an ambulance and rushed him to an Oklahoma Metropolis hospital.
The driving force was taken to a hospital to be evaluated earlier than being launched into officers’ custody.
The suspect was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of assault and battery with a harmful weapon and endangering others whereas eluding a police officer.
Wells was the second Edmond bike officer concerned in a severe crash this summer time.
Nelson, 38, died July 19 after the patrol bike he was driving was struck by a automobile whose driver did not cease at a purple gentle on the north finish of the Broadway Extension.
Nelson’s household has filed a lawsuit towards the driving force of that automobile and his employer.
The Rev. Wohlgemuth stated he was requested to grow to be concerned in Sunday’s occasion by a member of his congregation.
“She wished to have a gathering to encourage, as a result of there was plenty of concern, nervousness and uncertainty based mostly upon what has occurred over the previous few months,” he stated.
“They had been compelled to get collectively and have a time of prayer, figuring out that our solely hope in instances which can be good or dangerous, like this, is to show to Jesus,” Wohlgemuth stated.
“It form of took on a lifetime of its personal, and lots of people got here out to simply raise up these households who care so deeply for one another. We wished to encourage them and assist them.”
Emily Morefield stated this 12 months’s occasions have crystalized issues officers and their households carry day by day.
“It (defending the general public) has gotten more durable over the previous few years,” she stated. “The officers who’re there, they love serving, however everyone seems to be so shorthanded as a result of it’s arduous to rent extra.
“No person desires to do it anymore.”
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