Special Forces soldier shot to death in Fayetteville home, police say
Sgt. 1st Class Sean Wayne Wells
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Three 911 calls were made Monday night after a 35-year-old Fort Bragg Special Forces soldier was shot inside his Beaver Run home.
The tapes, which were released Tuesday afternoon by the Fayetteville Police Department, highlight the chaos from the homicide scene.
Police identified the victim as Sean Wayne Wells of the 7200 block of Beaver Run Drive.
Wells' wife initially called police to report the shooting. The first minutes of the eight-minute-long tape are the 911 dispatcher attempting to calm the hysterical woman.
"Somebody broke into my house and then they were asking for money and I think they killed my husband," she said through audible sobs.
The woman said the family was inside their living room when the men, dressed in black, entered the home.
She and the couple's 4-year-old son were moved to a different part of the home and she heard the shooting.
"Then I heard three shots," she said.
She told the dispatcher that she and the child were safe and were going to a neighbor's house to wait for police or medics to arrive at the home.
During the time the wife called police, the neighbor who let the woman inside called police twice.
In the two brief phone calls, the neighbor told the dispatchers they needed to hurry up and send someone to the Beaver Run community.
"Get someone over here," the neighbor said in the second call. "What system are you running? Hurry up and getting somebody here."
The woman continued to chastise the dispatcher and said she should not be asking questions, but, rather, should have police on scene.
If lawmen were not at the home soon, the neighbor said she would call the local news stations about the city's "raggedy system."
Wells, a sergeant first class assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), was found dead in his home following an altercation with two men who haven't been identified. The men stole a 2012 Toyota Camry from Wells' home; the car was later found on Rembrandt Drive near Rim Road, police said.
Police Chief Harold Medlock has said officers were called to Wells' house in west Fayetteville about 8:50 p.m. Wells was found dead inside, said police Lt. Todd Joyce.
Joyce would not say what type of weapon was used.
Medlock said the shooting did not appear to be random. He said officers found no evidence of a forcible break-in.
The men may have been driving a Dodge Dakota pickup, police said.
Residents in the neighborhood Tuesday did not want to comment on the murder.
Wells began his Special Forces training in March 2006 at Fort Bragg. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as a communications sergeant in August 2007 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He deployed with the unit to Afghanistan twice.
"I know right now the unit is trying to figure it all out," said Maj. Allison Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg. "They're dealing with it. These things just don't happen."
In March 1999, Wells enlisted as an air defense artilleryman in the Army, completing his initial training at Fort Bliss, Texas, according to the Special Forces Command. Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Fort Bragg.
In August 2002, Wells returned to Fort Bliss and served in a variety of positions at the Garrison Range Control. He left Fort Bliss in 2004, serving two years in Korea as an air defense artillery team leader.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and two-time Army Achievement Medal.