UPDATE: Funeral arrangements set for Bell County dispatcher killed in accidental shooting

Garret was killed in an accidental shooting at the Bell County 911 Center on December 3


BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Funeral arrangements have been set for dispatcher Kyle Garret.

Garret was killed in an accidental shooting at the Bell County 911 Center on December 3.

According to Cawood Funeral Home, Garrett’s will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the Cawood Funeral Home Chapel in Middlesboro. Funeral services will be conducted at noon, on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the Clairfield Missionary Baptist Church in Clairfield, Tennessee. Kevin Turner and Larry Moore will preside.

According to Cawood Funeral Home, Music will be provided by the Clearfork Missionary Baptist Church singers, Clairfield Missionary Baptist Church singers, Emily Garrett and Junior Ward.

Graveside service will immediately follow the funeral service in the Hatfield Family Cemetery in Frakes.

Online condolences and register book are available here.

For the health and well-being of our staff and the families Cawood Funeral Home serves, the funeral home requests social distancing be observed and everyone in attendance wear a mask.


BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – A dispatcher with Bell County 911 has been killed in an accidental shooting Friday, Dec. 3.

According to WRIL, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police, KSP Post 10 Harlan received a call from the sheriff’s department about an accidental shooting at the Bell County 911 Center.

The initial investigation by troopers and detectives found that around 1 a.m., two dispatchers were inside the center trading firearms when one of them was accidentally discharged.

Dispatcher Kyle Garrett, 23, of Frakes was fatally struck. Garret was taken to the Pineville Community Health Center where he was pronounced dead by the Bell County Coroner.

The two dispatchers were cousins and best friends. They grew up together and shared the hobby of trading guns.

Garrett’s autopsy will be performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.

Det. Andy Soltess is investigating the incident.

The sheriff’s department asks for prayers for the families of those involved, for the dispatchers and the deputies that work alongside them every day.

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