Deputy Sheriff Russell Richard Bell

Deputy Sheriff Russell Richard Bell

Beaufort County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, April 17, 1990

Russell Richard Bell

Deputy Russell Bell was shot and killed with his own service weapon while transporting a mental patient to a hospital. The suspect was shot and wounded by other officers before being taken into custody.

The suspect pled guilty to murder, but mentally ill, and was sentenced to prison. He was paroled during the summer of 2006.

Deputy Bell had been employed with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department for six years, and is survived by his three grown children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge C4

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 2006

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 17, 2012

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