A 46-year-old man is in police custody tonight at the start of yet another murder investigation, that claimed the life of an off-duty prison officer.

Daemon Bell, 49, of Hamilton Parish, tragically lost his life after he tried to break up a fight between two men involved in an altercation near Shelly Bay Field yesterday (Feb 2).

Police say the incident occurred around 4.30pm.

Mr Bell suffered head injuries and was rushed to the hospital’s Emergency Department, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, RenĂ©e Ming said: “I would like to let the family know that they are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

“As the investigation into the recent murder gets underway, I want to strongly encourage anyone who may have witnessed the assault to share what they know with the Bermuda Police Service.”

The Ministry of National Security reminds the public that they can assist anonymously on the confidential Crime Stoppers Hotline on 800-8477 or dialing 211, or the main police number on 295 0011.

Shadow Minister Michael Dunkley, added: “The One Bermuda Alliance extends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased man who tragically succumbed to injuries sustained in a fight yesterday afternoon.

“Violence has no place in our society but very sadly once again it has rocked our community, taken a life and crushed a family.

“We can and must do better than this and a good start is to bring the offender to justice, so if you have any information please bring it to the attention of the Bermuda Police Service.”

Mr Bell, a prison officer for 18 years, is survived by his wife, Shawnette Bell and their daughter, in addition to a host of family members, the Department of Corrections family and friends.

He also served in the Royal Bermuda Regiment.

Anyone with information that could help the police inquiry should contact Acting Sergeant Seymour Foote of the Criminal Investigations Unit on 247-1744.