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Police Officer Nelson F. Bell, Jr. | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Nelson F. Bell, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Friday, October 27, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/22/1978

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Nelson Bell succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained five days earlier after responding to the Trailways Bus Terminal to backup officers who were being shot at by a man with a rifle.

During the ensuing shootout the suspect was shot and killed. After the shooting ended Officer Bell was found approximately 30-feet away suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the University of Maryland Hospital where he succumbed to his wound a short time later.

It was determined that Officer Bell was not in the direct line of fire of the suspect or other officers involved in the shooting and that he was struck by a round which had ricocheted off of the hallway walls.

Officer Bell had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for 4.5 years.

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October 27, 2015


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