Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 21 years
Badge # 122
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Offender: Committed suicide
Detective Randy Bell and Detective Ricky Childers were shot and killed transporting a suspect to the police station for questioning.
The suspect had earlier shot his girlfriend's 3-year-old child in the face with a rifle and took the child to a fire station. As Detective Bell and Detective Childers were transporting the suspect, he was able to free one of his hands from the handcuffs using a hidden key.
He then reached into the front seat and gained control of one of the detectives' weapons. He shot and killed the driver as he sat in the front seat and the passenger as he was climbing over the back seat in an attempt to get the gun from the suspect. The suspect then obtained his rifle from the trunk of the car and car-jacked another vehicle. He led police on a chase in which he shot and killed Florida State Trooper James B. Crooks.
The suspect committed suicide after a standoff at a local gas station.
Detective Bell had served with the agency for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.