Chief James Nice of the Akron Police Department in Ohio sadly reports the death of Officer Justin Winebrenner.
Officer Winebrenner, 32, was off duty and had attended a fundraiser event during the evening. Following the fundraiser, he and another off-duty officer went to Papa Don’s Pub on East Market Street. About the time patrons were notified of “last call” and the impending closing time, a patron became disorderly and was ejected from the establishment.
Officer Winebrenner was well known was engaged to one of the employees who was working that evening. Officer Winebrenner escorted the disorderly patron from the premises.
After a short amount of time, the subject returned and brandished a handgun. Winebrenner and the other off-duty officer immediately confronted the subject. The subject opened fire on both officers, striking them, along with three other bar patrons – two men and a woman.
Officer Winebrenner was struck fatally once in the chest. The other officer was also shot, but his wound was not life threatening. The three patrons who were wounded sustained non-life threatening injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.
All 5 injured patrons were transported to Akron City Hospital where Winebrenner was pronounced ‘
The suspect, later identified as Kenan Ivery, 35, a convicted felon, fled the scene on foot. He was apprehended about a mile from the scene with the assistance of a K-9 unit. He was arrested without further incident and the weapon was also recovered near him.
Officer Winebrenner served the Akron Police Department for 7 years and had previously served at the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center for two years. He was a field training officer and had received several departmental awards for his professionalism and bravery. The only thing he loved more than being a police officer was being a Dad to his daughter.
Officer Winebrenner is survived by his father, a retired Barberton Ohio police officer, his mother, his 4-year-old daughter and his fiancée.
Officer Justin Winebrenner-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, November 16, 2014.
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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