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Marvin James Bell was the Chief of Police with Elizabethtown Police Department back in the 1970’s. When his life was taken on Saturday, September 30, 1972

Chief Bell was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call. He was familiar with the suspect and had arrested him several times before according to Elizabethtown Police Department’s website, www.EtownPDNC.com. 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 survived by his wife and two children back 45 years ago. Bladen County lost a great hero on that autumn evening. Bell lives on through his friends and relatives.