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Bragg soldier killed in Fayetteville home invasion; two sought

Posted October 7, 2013
Updated October 15, 2013

— Fayetteville police searched Tuesday for at least two men who they say are wanted in connection with the shooting death of a decorated Fort Bragg soldier.

Sgt. 1st Class Sean Wayne Wells, 35, was killed around 8:45 p.m. Monday after the men forced their way into his home, at 7277 Beaver Run Drive.

Wells and the men began fighting, police said, before the shooting.

His wife, who was home at the time, escaped uninjured with their 4-year-old child and went to a neighbor's house to call 911.

In a recording released late Tuesday afternoon, she said the men, whom she described only as wearing black, entered through a door and wanted money and the keys to her 2012 Toyota Camry.

She said she heard three gunshots.

Police found the car Tuesday morning about 2 miles from the home.

Authorities have not commented on a motive for the shooting but said it does not appear to be random.

"We believe there was some type of relationship between the suspects and the family, so right now I can tell the residents here they generally have nothing to worry about," Fayetteville Assistant Police Chief Charles Kimble said.

Investigators haven't released a description of who they are looking for, but have said only that they believe they could be driving in a Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

Anyone with information can call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Crime Stoppers tips can also be submitted online.

Wells joined the Army in 1999 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne unit, the Army said. He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Wells' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, two Army Achievement medals, four Army Good Conduct medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Ranger Tab and the Special Forces Tab.


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  • jjgnc Oct 9, 2013

    There sure have been a lot of home invasions, murders, and armed robberies in Fayetteville lately. This place is turning into a war zone. I went and bought another gun to carry concealed this past week, in addition to previously buying a rifle, acquiring a shotgun from family, and another weapon for family members. This place is getting out of control. I keep my dogs inside as much as possible and plan with my family how to react in the case of a home invasion. 911 is a good service to have. But 911 is a RESPONSE SERVICE, not an immediate protection service. Fayetteville is really a scary place to leave for me and my family and we're looking for ways to relocate.

  • icmfal Oct 8, 2013

    actually jjsmith1973 i was being quite sarcastic. It is the favorite comment that is made by many who believe that every person should have a cache of guns. You would have seen this in the school shooting stories and everyother story of a shooting there is. I do not and do not care to have anytype of a weapon around me as it would not serve any useful purpose.

  • lwe1967 Oct 8, 2013

    When they catch these two, give them the death penalty. I am so very glad that they didn't hurt his wife and child!

  • Hill55 Oct 8, 2013

    @aightCPA, where it seems you need your firearms are under your bed and pillow.

  • aightCPA Oct 8, 2013

    @jjsmith1973 I was stationed at Bragg in 99' and we were allowed to have guns but we couldn't keep them in our rooms. We could store them in the Armsroom with the rest of the company weapons. Was a little bit of a hassle if the Armsroom guy was away and you wanted to shoot. I think you could keep them at Battalion. Don't quote me.

  • Hill55 Oct 8, 2013

    I cannot imagine living in Fayetteville.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 8, 2013

    "so right now I can tell the residents here they generally have nothing to worry about"

    In Fayetteville? He's joking right?

  • NoObamaCare Oct 8, 2013

    Back on track.......There is no mention of anyone burglarizing the home. I would assume the sole intentions of the invaders was to murder this Soldier. This is why I believe they knew him and retaliation was the motive.

  • colinmb123us Oct 8, 2013

    AirBorne Daddy - What has this administration changed, policy wise, that is different that the previous? None? That is the correct answer. They've made proposals regarding changing of funding (hasn't happened) that closely resembles the proposals regarding funding that were made by the previous administrations (reduced retirement benefits, changes in funding to Tricare, changes in funding of VA in general) but they weren't able to get it to pass either.

  • NotAgain Oct 8, 2013

    Airborne Daddy, are you looking to help your fellow solders or just use this as a political dig without regard to any data? It seems your motives are political. I hope I am wrong.