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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

Offender: 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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Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Jacob asks so many questions about you now and I always answer them as honestly as I can. He has trouble understanding, but I guess that's normal. He's growing up so fast and he looks just like you.
I had a dream about you the other day: you were sitting on the porch in a rocking chair of our soon to be new home looking over the balcony and enjoying the view. I often wonder if that was truly you invading my dream or just me. After almost four years it is still hard for me to breathe when your favorite songs come on the radio.
Things are so different now; I'm definitely not the person you used to know. So many different things have happened that change a person and the way they look at people. I don't think I will ever be able to look at the world the way I did before June 2011.
Anyway, Jake and Damion still keep up with us; still there for us. It's amazing the people that aren't actually there for you after they say they will be. God has given us a wonderful support system since then, though.
Mike is really good to me and Jacob. He spoils us both rotten and is supportive of our grief and continued love for you. Ricky and Debbie are healing slowly but surely. I don't think that anyone could ever truly heal but broken pieces are being mended. Of course, they'll never be the same, but mended.
We are all getting together to remember you this June. Maybe help us out by giving us a pretty day to celebrate you? Jacob and I love and miss you.


April 28, 2015


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