Public Safety Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler

Public Safety Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler

Florence Regional Airport Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, January 5, 2020

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Jackson Ryan Winkeler

Public Safety Officer Jackson Winkeler was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Gilbert Avenue near the airport's terminal shortly before 6:00 am.

The man opened fire on Officer Winkeler during the stop. Over 30 shots were exchanged during the ensuing shootout. The man then stole Officer Winkeler's service weapon and fled the scene. He was arrested a short time later by members of the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

Officer Winkeler also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Latta Fire Department. He is survived predeceased by one brother and is by his parents and sisters.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Airport 6

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender In custody

traffic stop

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Jackson was killed in the line of duty.

To the Winkeler family, fellow officers, and all who call Jackson beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I know that that you will receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Jackson gave to his community and the citizens of South Carolina and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 5, 2020.

Phyllis Loya, Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 14, 2020

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