NEWBERN, Tenn. — 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.”