Homestead, Florida man charged with the homicide of an airport official and armed theft, native information

James Edward Bell

From employee reports

FLORENCE, SC – The man charged with Sunday airport murder by a Florence airport official is from Homestead, Florida and has also been charged with armed robbery.

The charges came a day after Florence Regional Airport Public Safety Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler was fatally shot while in a traffic obstruction on the airport premises.

Agents of the SC Law Enforcement Division filed charges with the murder of James Edward Bell, 37. Bell was also accused of unloading a firearm into a vehicle and possessing a gun during a violent crime.

According to SLED’s arrest warrants, more than 30 spent shell casings were found near Winkeler’s body, which was lying on the ground next to his vehicle.

Bell is also being charged with armed robbery by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. He is accused of robbing the Petro Mall on 3001 TV Road.

Bell is due to be indicted Tuesday at 10 a.m., according to Florence County’s Sheriff’s Office Vice Chairman Glen Kirby.

Bell was stopped while driving a white 2014 Chrysler 200 that was registered in South Carolina.

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“During the traffic obstruction, James Bell shot and killed Officer Winkeler,” says the description of the arrest warrant. “When additional officers arrived, Aus. Winkeler was found dead and was lying on the ground outside his vehicle.

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