Dickson Co. deputy dies day after being shot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee sheriff's deputy has died at a Nashville hospital a day after he was shot by a man who then fatally shot himself.

Deputy Richard "Keith" Bellar died at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe announced the officer's death at the hospital. The visibly upset sheriff took no questions from reporters after making the announcement late Tuesday morning.

Bellar was shot in the head at about 7 a.m. Monday.

Authorities said 27-year-old Jason Eggenberg ran his estranged wife's car off a road and Bellar stopped to assist what appeared to be a traffic accident. Police said Eggenberg shot Bellar, then killed himself.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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