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Deputy Sheriff Richard Keith Bellar | Dickson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Dickson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Richard Keith Bellar

Dickson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 63

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/6/2011

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Deputy Keith Bellar succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he stopped to help at what he believed to be a car accident in Dickson.

A Dickson 911 dispatcher had just completed her shift when her estranged husband began following her. As the vehicles traveled on West Walnut Street the husband ran the wife off the road near McKenzie Street. Deputy Bellar witnessed the crash but was not aware it involved a domestic dispute.

When he stopped at the scene the husband immediately opened fire on him, striking him in the head before he was able to exit his patrol car. The man then committed suicide.

Deputy Bellar was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he succumbed to his wound the next day.

Deputy Bellar had served with the Dickson County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his wife and 6-month-old son.

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I meet Officer Bellar parents at the Police Memorial in 2012. Their lost was still so fresh, they touched my heart. I think the parents often and pray they have started to heal.

Laurie Wiginton
Widow of Dallas, Officer Ronald D Baker
January 28, 2014

 

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