Deputy Keith Bellar E.O.W. 06-07-11
Deputy Keith Bellar of the Dickson County Sheriffs Department in Tennessee, died due to a gunshot wound he 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. 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 had served with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office for sixyears and was married with a 6 month old son.
Deputy Bellar is the 81st Officer to die in the Line of Duty this year.