Sheriff Osborne Bell

Sheriff Osborne Bell

Marshall County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Wednesday, May 7, 1986

Osborne Bell

Sheriff Osborne Bell was shot and killed while assisting a deputy arrest a suspect on a drug related charge. The deputy had stopped to investigate a car parked on the side of the road on highway 309. When Sheriff Bell arrived a struggle resulted with the driver when they noticed drug paraphernalia in the car. The suspect shot Sheriff Bell in the face. The deputy returned fire wounding the suspect. Sheriff Bell died while en-route to a hospital in Tennessee.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. His conviction was overturned and he was tried a second time and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. He was denied parole for the fifth time in 2011.

Sheriff Bell had served in law enforcement for 20 years. He had been the Marshall County Sheriff for six years. He was Mississippi's first black coroner before being elected sheriff. He was survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 50
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge M-1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Bell your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to Marshall County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

May 7, 2016

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