Sheriff Osborne Bell

Sheriff Osborne Bell

Marshall County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Wednesday, May 7, 1986

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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 500 feet south of Jamison 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.


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

Incident Details

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

arrest, officer assistance

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I come to this page every now again to read comments left about man! I never before today thought I would every share my story. I’m 44 years of age now!
I’ve never been to jail before in my life and I really believe it’s because of Sheriff Osborne Bell. I was only 4 or 5 when he visited Holly Springs Headstart to speak to us! I remember it just like it was yesterday. He chose me out of all other children to demonstrate and put the handcuffs on. My hands were so small they slipped right out of them. He said something that I can’t remember exactly but I know it effected my life forever. I thank you from the bottom of my heart...... R.I.H you wonderful MAN.

Nakomus G Lawrence Sr.

October 3, 2020

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