Husband wanted for questioning in Brooklyn wife's untimely death

Katrina Barker
December 29, 2017

Tonie was found dead at the bottom of the basement stairs of her brownstone near Sterling Place and Albany Avenue around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Chopper 4 over the scene Wednesday showed a heavy emergency presence after Wells' body was found, with at least four marked police cars and a number of unmarked police cars in the area, which was roped off with yellow tape.

Two police officers were suspended yesterday after allegedly ignoring a 911 call to check on Tonie Wells, sources told the New York Post. The husband was identified by police as a person of interest and was in custody for questioning, WPIX-TV reported.

The officers were called on a report that Wells was "scared" and her husband was "acting amusing", but may never have left their auto, according to the New York Post.

Pictured, Brooklyn couple, Tonie Wells and Barry Wells.

But they never got out of their vehicle.

A man is in custody Thursday in connection to the death of his 22-year-old Brooklyn wife, police sources say. The caller told police they heard a woman yell "help me, he's going to kill me", 1010 WINS reported.

"I would see them together". This is a very quiet block, I didn't hear anything today.

"Wells" neighbor, Michelle Ruiz, 22, who last saw Wells three weeks ago, said Wells was pregnant.

Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Brooklyn North, told reporters that Wells' death was deemed suspicious.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

According to the Post, police have previously responded to a domestic incident at the home.

"We're conducting an internal investigation to look at the actions of those two officers and quite frankly everybody involved in the response to that incident", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said at an unrelated press conference on Thursday.

Barry Wells appeared stone-faced as he was walked out of the back of the 77th Precinct wearing a blue sweatshirt with the hood over his head.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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