HEAT ALERT

Heat advisory in effect for Brooklyn through this evening.

Officers suspended due to death of Tonie Wells back in the field years later

Prosecutors say the couple was arguing while their then-21-month-old daughter was locked out in the hallway.

News 12 Staff

Feb 11, 2021, 1:12 AM

Updated 1,252 days ago

Share:

The NYPD officers who were suspended for not getting out of their car when called to a 2017 altercation that ended with a woman's death have been allowed to keep their jobs.
Tonie Wells was found strangled inside a Sterling Place apartment in Crown Heights in 2017. Wells’ husband, Barry Wells, was later arrested and charged with murder. News 12 previously reported that Wells had filed several orders of protection against Barry. 
The NYPD tells News 12 that those officers are now currently on active duty, three years after the 22-year-old’s death. 
Prosecutors say the couple was arguing while their then-21-month-old daughter was locked out in the hallway.
The family says there was a history of abuse between Wells and her husband Barry, but that the NYPD failed them in the response to the fatal altercation. 
 "You could have saved my daughter man, you all could have got out of that car and saved my daughter,” said Elizabeth Rivera, Tonie Wells' mother. 
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former officer now running for mayor, tweeted saying, “Anytime a failure to do your job causes the loss of an innocent life--there should be automatic termination.” 
The NYPD tells News 12 it is prohibited from providing any more information because of an active court order.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office tells News 12 that Barry Wells has a court conference on March 18. 
Barry Wells is currently being held at Rikers Island.


More from News 12
2:41
HEAT ALERT: Hazy and humid conditions to start; tracking strong to severe thunderstorms for Brooklyn

HEAT ALERT: Hazy and humid conditions to start; tracking strong to severe thunderstorms for Brooklyn

1:45
Puppies rescued from Flatbush Avenue fire

Puppies rescued from Flatbush Avenue fire

2:42
NASA Meteor Watch: 'Daylight fireball over New York City' around time of reported booms, shakings

NASA Meteor Watch: 'Daylight fireball over New York City' around time of reported booms, shakings

2:04
Authorities investigating Bushwick fire as possible arson

Authorities investigating Bushwick fire as possible arson

0:38
Former Brooklyn banker charged with international money laundering

Former Brooklyn banker charged with international money laundering

1:53
‘Reading on the Rails’ takes its literacy mission to the subway tracks

‘Reading on the Rails’ takes its literacy mission to the subway tracks

1:21
How New Yorkers are beating the heat during rising temps, overwhelming humidity

How New Yorkers are beating the heat during rising temps, overwhelming humidity

1:37
Why are subway platforms so hot?

Why are subway platforms so hot?

1:37
MTA taking steps to protect commuters in next round of extreme heat

MTA taking steps to protect commuters in next round of extreme heat

0:39
Police: 2 men wanted for stealing car-hauling trailer with vintage cars in Cypress Hills

Police: 2 men wanted for stealing car-hauling trailer with vintage cars in Cypress Hills

1:02
Investigators release photo of suspect linked to McDonald's triple shooting in Downtown Brooklyn

Investigators release photo of suspect linked to McDonald's triple shooting in Downtown Brooklyn

1:19
NYPD: 27-year-old man fatally shot in Clinton Hill; no arrests made

NYPD: 27-year-old man fatally shot in Clinton Hill; no arrests made

1:15
Newest NYPD class graduates, Mayor Eric Adams reflect on death of fellow recruit

Newest NYPD class graduates, Mayor Eric Adams reflect on death of fellow recruit

1:27
Mayor Adams, city agencies hold briefing amid extreme heat in Brooklyn

Mayor Adams, city agencies hold briefing amid extreme heat in Brooklyn

1:44
Police: Multiple people injured in triple shooting outside McDonald's in Brooklyn

Police: Multiple people injured in triple shooting outside McDonald's in Brooklyn

7:10
Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate

Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate

2:12
DEP unveils new plan for preventing flooding on New York City streets

DEP unveils new plan for preventing flooding on New York City streets

0:43
MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity

MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity

3:30
Trump heads to convention as authorities investigate motive, security in assassination attempt

Trump heads to convention as authorities investigate motive, security in assassination attempt