Hero Down: Clermont County Det. William Brewer Murdered By Gunman
Pierce Township, OH – Clermont County Sheriff’s Detective William “Bill” Brewer was murdered in the line of duty on Saturday, after he was shot by a suicidal man during a standoff at a residence.
Clermont County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Nick DeRose, a 22-year veteran of the department, was also shot in the ankle during the barrage of gunfire, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The incident began just after 7 p.m., when a man called 911 to report that there were individuals inside his Royal Oaks apartment who would not leave, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Sellars said.
The man also told 911 that there were firearms inside his apartment.
Pierce Township police responded to the residence, but were unable to make contact with the reporting party.
The Pierce Township Police Department (PTPD) requested the assistance of the multi-agency Special Response Team (SRT) which arrived at the scene at approximately 8:25 p.m., just 10 minutes after the barricaded suspect opened fire on officers for the first time, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The gunman, later identified as 23-year-old Wade Edward Winn, then started livestreaming on Instagram.
"They kicked in the door. I shot two of them. They did not return fire at that time," Winn said during the livestream. "They have now fired back at me, but only once or twice. They have no idea where I'm at. I've now shot multiple, multiple times."
The SRT attempted to negotiate with Winn, but he again opened fire on them at approximately 10:37 p.m., The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Det. Brewer and Lt. DeRose were both struck during the volley of gunfire.
Resident Kim Turner said she could hear the commotion outside her window as fellow officers rushed to help the injured deputies.
“Officer down! Officer down!” voices shouted, according to Turner. “Bill, stay with us. Bill, stay with us.”
Det. Brewer was transported to Mercy Hospital in Anderson, where he was pronounced dead, WLWT reported.
Lt. DeRose was also transported to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
He immediately went back to work that morning, his son said in a tweet.
Police eventually took Winn into custody at 6:35 a.m. on Sunday, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
He has since been charged with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated murder.
Winn had previously been arrested on multiple occasions for marijuana possession and firearms-related offenses.
His latest charge came in June of 2018, when he was arrested for improperly handling firearms in a vehicle, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
A possible motive for his attack on the deputies is still under investigation, Ohio Attorney General Office spokesperson David O’Neil told the paper.
"This Officer’s valor is now recorded for all time, written in blood," Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said. "We mourn, and we will remember."
Det. Brewer served his department for two decades. He leaves behind his wife and their five-year-old son.
“Deputy Brewer gave his life attempting to help a person who was admittedly suicidal,” Clermont County Sheriff Steve Leahy said, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. “This will forever change the atmosphere of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.”
Board of County Commissioners President David Painter released a statement on Sunday, honoring Det. Brewer’s sacrifice, WKRC reported.
“There is no greater love than a man to lay down his life for a friend,” Painter said. “Detective Brewer laid down his life in service for our citizens.”
“Our deepest condolences go to the family of Detective Brewer, who bravely gave his life in the line of duty,” Painter continued. “Please life his family up in prayer.”
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has also ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Clermont County Sheriff’s Detective William “Bill” Brewer, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Detective William Brewer, your life mattered.