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Motorbike officer on ‘most life help’ following crash

EDMOND — About 150 relations and associates 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 motorbike patrol division, remained hospitalized Monday in vital situation and on “most life help,” in line with a social media put up from the Edmond Police Division.

Sunday’s occasion was organized by Emily Morefield, spouse of Edmond police Sgt. Jeff Morefield. Emily Morefield prompt the occasion to help not solely Wells and his household, but additionally the household of police Sgt. C.J. Nelson, an Edmond motorbike officer who died in July from accidents sustained in a crash on the Broadway Extension.

Household and associates of the officers gathered Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. outdoors of Edmond’s police division.

“I feel it lifted a weight off everybody’s shoulders,” Emily Morefield stated Monday afternoon. “Simply getting collectively, hugging and supporting one another helped quite a bit.”

Amongst these participating in Sunday’s occasion had been motorbike riders, army veterans and quite a few cops.

After the Rev. John Wohlgemuth of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond made a couple 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 most important influence 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 automobiles.

Investigators say the automobile’s driver reversed path on Japanese Avenue throughout the chase to go towards Wells, who stopped his motorbike and fired one shot within the automobile’s path.

After that shot was fired, the automobile struck Wells and his motorbike, 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 motorbike officer concerned in a critical crash this summer season.

Nelson, 38, died July 19 after the patrol motorbike he was driving was struck by a automobile whose driver didn’t cease at a purple mild on the north finish of the Broadway Extension.

Edmond police Sgt. C.J. Nelson, 38, was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Nelson, a husband, and father to an 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son, devoted himself to his household and serving a group that he liked. Wednesday, July 20, 2022, would have been Sgt. Nelson’s thirteenth anniversary with the Edmond Police Division. Sgt. Nelson is the primary Edmond police officer to lose his life within the line of responsibility.

Nelson’s household has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the motive 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 needed to have a gathering to encourage, as a result of there was loads of worry, 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 might be good or unhealthy, like this, is to show to Jesus,” Wohlgemuth stated.

“It kind of took on a lifetime of its personal, and lots of people got here out to only raise up these households who care so deeply for one another. We needed to encourage them and help them.”

Emily Morefield stated this 12 months’s occasions have crystalized considerations officers and their households carry day by day.

“It (defending the general public) has gotten tougher 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 exhausting to rent extra.

“No one needs to do it anymore.”

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