UPDATE JUNE 30, 2022, 11:08 AM: Nicholas Jerome Bell was taken into custody this morning by Gainesville Police after fleeing the area to hide out with family. Nicholas stated he could not take the pressure of being a wanted fugitive and subsequently surrendered without incident. Bell will be transported back to Charlotte County to face charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery With a Deadly Weapon, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
“Violent crime is rare in Charlotte County but when it does occur, we will seek justice. Nicholas Bell will now face the consequences for his violent actions,” states Sheriff Bill Prummell.
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – On the morning of June 11, 2022, at approximately 6:40am, a call came in stating the caller had heard multiple gunshots coming from a home on Coulton Avenue in Port Charlotte. Deputies from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office responded and confirmed that one person was injured.
According to authorities, an arrest warrant has been issued for the shooter, 44 year-old Nicholas Jerome Bell. Charges include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, 2nd degree attempted murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Bell may still be in the Port Charlotte area, but has ties to North Port, especially in the area of Hungary Rd. He may be on foot or driving a red Mazda SUV. If anyone has any information on Bell’s whereabouts, call 911 immediately and do not attempt to approach him. Bell should be considered armed and dangerous.