Husband arrested in connection with woman's stairwell death in Brooklyn
Dec 29 2017
An autopsy will determine the cause of death.
The officers, identified by sources as Wael Jaber and Wing Hong Lau, responded to the three-story Sterling Place brownstone after the victim's sister called 911 to report that Wells was "scared" of her husband because he was "acting amusing", sources said.
Tonie Nicole Wells, who according to multiple reports was eight months pregnant with her second child, was discovered unresponsive on Wednesday morning at the bottom of the staircase leading to the basement in a three-story home in Crown Heights, which she shared with her newlywed husband, Barry Wells, and their two-year-old daughter.
In addition, police sources say two of the officers who responded to a welfare check at the home have been suspended without pay and are under investigation. The toddler's crying and screaming led a neighbor to call 911. Bruises were found on her neck, and her husband, Barry Wells, was arrested.
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.
The woman was 22-year-old Tonie Wells.
"They didn't even go up to the house", the source said.
Less than two hours later, different officers responded to the same home and found Wells dead at the base of a stairwell, authorities said.
Cops took her husband into custody for questioning.
Investigators are treating the death as a possible homicide, Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Brooklyn North told reporters.
"I always speak to how proud I am of our officers, but unfortunately when we don't live up to that standard we have to fully investigate", Police Commissioner James O'Neill said in a statement.