Tennessee Police Chief Richard Barnes Dies of Coronavirus-Related Illness

Newbern, Tennessee, Police Chief Richard “Red” Barnes (Credit: Newbern Police Department)

A West Tennessee police chief has died of COVID-19 related issues.

Newbern Police said Thursday Chief Richard “Red” Barnes died of COVID-related illness and had underlying health issues.

Chief Barnes had been with the Newbern Police Department for more than 40 years. He also served as a pastor in the area.

“Chief Richard “Red” Barnes will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the Newbern Police Department and his brothers and sisters in blue,” said Newbern Police in a post on Facebook. “Rest in peace Chief Barnes, Unit 400 is now 10-7. We will take over your watch, Sir.”

SOURCE: Local 24 Memphis

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