Edmond’s motorcycle officer on life support after accident
EDMOND – About 150 family members and friends of two Edmond police officers gathered for a prayer vigil on Sunday as Police Sgt. Joseph Wells continued to fight for his life after being hit by a pick-up truck during a chase on Friday.
Wells, a 16-year veteran of the Edmond Force and a member of his Motorcycle Patrol Division, remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition and on “maximum life support,” according to a social media post from the Edmond Police Department. ‘Edmond.
Sunday’s event was hosted by Emily Morefield, wife of Edmond Police Sgt. Jeff Morefield. Emily Morefield suggested the event to support not only Wells and her family, but also the police family sergeant. CJ Nelson, an Edmond motorcycle officer who died in July injuries sustained in an accident on the Broadway extension.
The family and friends of the police gathered Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Edmond police station.
“I think it took a weight off everyone’s shoulders,” Emily Morefield said Monday afternoon. “Just getting together, hugging and supporting each other has helped a lot.”
Among those attending Sunday’s event were motorcyclists, military veterans and many police officers.
After Reverend John Wohlgemuth of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond made some remarks to the gathering and led attendees in prayer, attendees then broke into small groups to continue praying.
“That’s where I feel like the biggest impact happened,” Morefield said.
Edmond officer involved in pursuit before crash
On Friday, Wells and other officers were chasing a van after witnesses called police to report that its driver cut into a guardrail and several other vehicles.
Investigators say the driver of the vehicle reversed direction on Eastern Avenue during the chase to head towards Wells, who stopped his motorcycle and fired a shot in the direction of the vehicle.
After this gunshot, the vehicle struck Wells and his motorcycle, throwing him into a ditch.
Police said Friday Wells was responsive and alert when medical personnel transported him to an ambulance and rushed him to an Oklahoma City hospital.
The driver was taken to hospital for evaluation before being taken into custody.
The suspect was incarcerated in Oklahoma County Jail for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and endangering others while escaping from a police officer.
Wells was the second Edmond motorcycle officer involved in a serious accident this summer.
Nelson, 38, died on July 19 after the patrol motorcycle he was riding was hit by a vehicle whose driver failed to stop at a red light at the north end of the Broadway Extension .
Nelson’s family has filed a complaint against the driver of this vehicle and his employer.
Reverend Wohlgemuth said he was asked by a member of his congregation to get involved in Sunday’s event.
“She wanted to organize a rally to encourage because there has been a lot of fear, anxiety and uncertainty due to what has happened over the past few months,” he said.
“They were compelled to come together and have a time of prayer, knowing that our only hope in times of good or bad, like this, is to turn to Jesus,” Wohlgemuth said.
“It kind of took on a life of its own, and a lot of people came out to raise these families who care so deeply for each other. We wanted to encourage them and support them.”
Emily Morefield said the events of this year crystallized the concerns of officers and their families on a daily basis.
“It (protecting the public) has become more difficult over the past few years,” she said. “The officers that are there, they love to serve, but everyone is so understaffed because it’s hard to hire more.
“No one wants to do it anymore.”