PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday, January 13, 2024 at approximately 7:30 p m. a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputy was requested to assist with an incident in the area of Franklin Springs.
The deputy was requested to document acts of terroristic threats, among other crimes which were committed by Dalton Bell (19).
Bell allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend and her friend.
After gathering further information, the deputy became concerned for the female victim’s safety.
The deputy traveled past the residence, where the victim stated she lived, and observed Bell in the yard.
The deputy attempted to make contact with Bell and requested Bell remove his hands from his pockets. Bell refused to obey the deputies commands and appeared to show more signs of aggressive behavior.
The deputy requested assistance via her portable radio, while maintaining distance, and visual for the deputies safety.
At the time, it was unknown if Bell possessed a firearm.
Bell began acting even more aggressive and walked toward the back of the residence.
At this time, the deputy lost sight of Bell, but continued to give commands in an attempt to get Bell to converse about the situation.
A few seconds later, the deputy heard approximately four gun shots.
The deputy did not return fire, due to not having a visual of Bell and other circumstances.
Law enforcement are still looking for Bell.
“Our deputy was not hurt during the incident”.
Thank you for all of the Law Enforcement, agencies for their assistance, and thanks to the citizens for their concerns .
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Dalton Bell, please call your local Law Enforcement or call 911.