With fifth officer death by gunfire this year, Louisiana accounts for 20 percent of nation's total _lowres

Josie Wells

In the wake of tragedy, a new life.

Josie Wells Jr. was born Thursday, more than five months after his father was gunned down serving a fugitive warrant in Louisiana, according to a Facebook post by the group Louisiana C.O.P.S.

The La. C.O.P.S. page shows pictures of the baby and this message: “La. C.O.P.S. would like to welcome to the world Josie Wells, Jr. Son of Mrs Channing Wells and the late Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, Sr.”

La. C.O.P.S. would like to welcome to the world Josie Wells, Jr. Son of Mrs Channing Wells and the late Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, Sr. -EOW 3/10/2015.

Posted by Louisiana COPS on Thursday, August 27, 2015

La. C.O.P.S. describes itself as a non-profit organization that provides support to families and co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Wells was a member of a team that, in March, went to a north Baton Rouge motel to arrest Jamie Croom, wanted in a New Roads double homicide. Wells was fatally shot by the suspect.

Wells’ wife, Channing learned the day after his death that their child would be a boy. She said then that their son would be named Josie Wells Jr., after his father.

More on-duty officers in Louisiana have been shot and killed this year than in any year in the past decade, according to statistics compiled by The Advocate.

On Wednesday, that grim toll grew when a sixth officer, Sunset police Officer Henry Nelson, was shot and killed with his own gun while confronting a man suspected of stabbing a woman to death during a rampage through the small St. Landry Parish town.