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Detective Randy Scott Bell | Tampa Police Department, Florida Tampa Police Department, Florida


Randy Scott Bell

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 21 years

Badge # 122

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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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.

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Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks
Florida Highway Patrol, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998
Cause: Gunfire

Detective Ricky Joe Childers
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End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998
Cause: Gunfire

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I once travelled to Tampa, Florida to investigate a homicide that occurred here in Mount Olive, NJ (while I was still a detective there). My partner, Detective Pete Yagiello, and I were partnered there with Randy and his partner. He was very serious about his job and I left Florida feeling that he was committed to justice. When we later learned of Randy going to heaven I decided to honor him when I participated in support of the Police Unity Tour. God bless Randy and his family.

Morris County Sheriff's Office
May 6, 2017


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