CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio – Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a 23-year-old man accused of gunning down a veteran Ohio officer, reported ABC News.
The deadly shooting unfolded when the officers responded to a call of a barricaded suicidal person at an apartment in the Cincinnati area about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Winn reportedly faked a suicide, prosecutors said in court Monday. When the officers rushed into the apartment to try to save his life, he was waiting there and ambushed the officers, firing multiple rounds, prosecutors said.
Brewer, a 20-year veteran of the department, leaves behind a wife and 5-year-old son, the sheriff’s office said.
DeRose, who has been on the job for 22 years, has since been released from the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.
After Brewer and DeRose were shot, a lengthy standoff ensued. During the confrontation, officers “endured a barrage of gunfire” from the suspect before they took Winn into custody Sunday morning, the sheriff’s office said.
Winn was charged with aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder, according to David O’Neil, a spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Winn made a brief court appearance Monday morning. He did not enter a plea. Bond was set at $10 million.
He will return to court on February 13 for a preliminary hearing.
Meanwhile, Ohio and police departments across the country are in mourning.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags of be flown at half-staff in honor of Brewer’s law enforcement service.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost added on Twitter. “This Officer’s valor is now recorded for all time, written in blood. We mourn, and we will remember.”
Today I have ordered that flags of the U.S. and Ohio be lowered to half staff at the#OhioStatehouse and Clermont County in honor of the service of Officer Bill Brewer until sunset the day of his interment. pic.twitter.com/ptbFsgdG0H
— Mike DeWine (@MikeDeWine) February 3, 2019
In New York, the NYPD offered its condolences for Brewer.
Detective Bill Brewer of @ClermontSheriff was shot and killed over the weekend by an armed gunman while protecting the people of Pierce Township. We stand with Detective Brewer’s fellow cops, his wife, and his 5-year-old son as they mourn their hero. #FidelisAdMortem pic.twitter.com/zBcAdWmWVv
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 4, 2019