Deputy Sheriff Russell Richard Bell

Deputy Sheriff Russell Richard Bell

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, April 17, 1990

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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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Rest in peace my friend. It seems like only yesterday we watched Monday night football over at Howard's house weekly during the season. He now to has left this heavenly earth and I feel sure you greeted him years ago and are still discussing our days of camaraderie.
Truly missed, Claude

Claude Dinkins

January 19, 2021

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