BCSO participating in escort of Florence police officer from MUSC; suspect in custody

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – UPDATE: The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) advised the public to expect a heavy police presence this afternoon as they and other law enforcement agencies will escort the body of Officer Jackson Winkeler from MUSC back to Florence.

The escort will proceed from I-26 to I-95, according to BCSO.

ORIGINAL: Local law enforcement officers have blocked off parts of Rutledge Avenue and Sheppard Street near the Crosstown as the body of Officer Jackson Winkeler (26) is transported to MUSC.

His autopsy will be conducted at MUSC.

Winkeler, an officer with the Florence Regional Airport Police, was shot on Sunday while attempting to conduct a traffic stop at the airport.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has identified the suspect as James Edward Bell (37).

According to our sister station WBTW, Bell is being held at the Florence County Detention Center.

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