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Meridian police officer dies from COVID complications

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Posted at 10:33 AM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 18:56:08-05

MERIDIAN, Texas — The Meridian Police Department is mourning the loss of an officer due to COVID.

Wayne “Butch” Nowell, Jr., 65, died Wednesday.

According to the Meridian Tribune, Nowell was in quarantine after his wife tested positive for COVID-19. Chief Blake Johnson said Nowell later tested positive.

A memorial with his patrol vehicle has been set up in front of Pioneer Bank at 200 W. Morgan St.

Nowell joined the Meridian Police Department in October. He had been in law enforcement since 1986.

Funeral arrangements are pending.