Airport police officer dead in shooting; SC officials investigating

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SUNDAY 5:23 P.M. UPDATE – SLED has identified a suspect in Sunday’s officer-involved shooting at the Florence airport.

SLED says James Edward Bell, 37, is being booked at the Florence County Detention Center.

A photo and his charges will be available once he is booked, SLED says.


SUNDAY 1:42 P.M. UPDATE – The Florence County Coroner’s Office has identified the airport officer who died in Sunday morning’s shooting at Florence Regional Airport.

Jackson Ryan Winkeler, 26, of Dillon was fatally shot just before 6 a.m. Sunday at the airport, according to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken.

Courtesy: Adrienne Cook/sister of Jackson Ryan Winkeler

SUNDAY 9:22 A.M. UPDATE: The Florence County Coroner’s Office has confirmed a Florence Regional Airport officer has died in Sunday morning’s incident.


FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – There has been an officer-involved shooting at the Florence Regional Airport, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

SLED says the agency is working with local law enforcement to investigate this incident. It’s spokesperson said SLED was notified just after 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

News13’s Briana Fernandez reports crime scene tape up, about a dozen law enforcement officers on scene and blocked entrances to the airport.

SLED is expected to release more information at a later time.

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