Chief of Police Marvin James Bell

Chief of Police Marvin James Bell

Elizabethtown Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, September 30, 1972

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Marvin James Bell

Chief of Police Marvin Bell was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call.

He was familiar with the suspect and had arrested him several times before. As he approached the man, the suspect drew a weapon and opened fire, mortally wounding Chief Bell. Chief Bell was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Chief Bell was a United States World War II Army veteran who had served with the Elizabethtown Police Department for 18 years and had been the police chief for three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Chief Bell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II fighting the Germans as a member of the 84th “Rail Splitter” Infantry Division of which the 909th Field Artillery Battalion was part of. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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