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.

The subject has been charged with murder, armed robbery, discharging a firearm into a vehicle, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

Officer Winkeler had served with the Florence Regional Airport Department of Public Safety for five months. He also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Latta Fire Department. He is survived by his parents, sister, niece, nephew, and a nephew on the way.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Airport 6

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

traffic stop

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Thinking of your family, friends and colleagues during the holidays and so close to your EOW. Your dedicated service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

G. Anne Birkholz
Mother of Officer Craig Birkholz EOW 3/20/2011 Fond du Lac PD

December 24, 2023

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