Sheriff Robert Leahy of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio sadly reports the death of Detective William Brewer.

Detective Brewer died as a result of gunshot wounds he sustained while attempting to apprehend a mentally disturbed subject who was armed with a firearm.

The initial 911 call that was received was that of a home invasion. The caller then stated that he was suicidal and armed with a firearm. When officers arrived, they were unable to make contact with subject who had barricaded himself in the apartment.

Moments later gunfire erupted and officers called for the assistance of the SRT team. During the negotiations, the suspect opened fire from the apartment window critically wounding Brewer and injuring another deputy.

Brewer was transported to Anderson Mercy Hospital where he later succumbed to his gunshot wounds during emergency surgery. The suspect was later taken into custody by SRT team officers.

Another officer, Lt.. Nick DeRose, was also shot. He is a 22-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and was transported to University Hospital where he was treated and released.

Commissioner David Painter, president of the Board of County Commissioners, released a statement on Sunday recognizing the heroic efforts of Detective Brewer and Lt. DeRose.

There is no greater love than a man to lay down his life for a friend. Detective Brewer laid down his life in service for our citizens. Please lift his family up in prayer. Our deepest condolences go to the family of Detective Brewer, who bravely gave his life in the line of duty. We thank Lt. DeRose, whose injuries were, thankfully, not serious. We thank all the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and our local police departments and fire departments who responded throughout the night to work together to bring this situation under control. Our hearts are heavy today for this loss to our community. We send our prayers to the families of Detective Brewer and Lt. DeRose.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting the investigation into the incident.

William Brewer served the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and a five-year-old son.

Detective William Brewer is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Saturday, February 2, 2019.

William Brewer

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