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LPPD Ofc. Wells Death Ruled Suicide, Says County Coroner

Melissa S. Treacy

Friday, August 29, 2014 • 10:48am

The gunshot incident on Wednesdays, Aug. 27, which resulted in the death of Lower Providence Township Police Department Ofc. Mark Wells has been officially ruled a suicide.

Dr. Walter I. Hofman, M.D., the Montgomery County coroner, said that an autopsy conducted Thursday morning confirmed that Wells did in fact die due to suicide.

“There was a single gunshot wound to the head,” said Hofman. “It was one shot, through and through.”

Wells was found around 2:33 p.m. on Wednesday in the lower lot of the LPPD administrative building. While on his shift, which ran from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wells went to his car and shot himself in the head with his department-issued handgun.

Officials said there was no suspicious evidence to any foul play. Wells is a 25-year veteran of the LPPD, serving as a dispatcher and officer. No services have yet been announced for the funeral arrangements.

A trust account has been established in memory of Ofc. Mark F. Wells.  Funds will support his wife, Shannon, and daughter, Megahan. Donations may be made to:  Wells Family Education Fund, c/o Penn Liberty Bank, 2724 Ridge Pike Trooper, Pa. 19403.

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