Authorities ID deputy killed, officer wounded and suspect in Clermont Co. SWAT standoff

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Police have released the IDs of the officer killed and the officer wounded during a nearly 12-hour-long SWAT standoff in Pierce Township on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The standoff began when officers responded to St. Andrews Drive in Pierce Township at the On the Green Royal Oaks Apartments shortly before 7 p.m. for the report of barricaded suicidal subject, police said. 

The suspect, Wade Edward Winn, 23, was taken into custody after firing rounds at officers during the standoff, police said.

Detective Bill Brewer, a 20-year-veteran, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Anderson where he died from his injuries, police said.

Brewer left behind a wife and 5-year-old son, police said.

“Deputy Brewer gave his life attempting to help a person who was admittedly suicidal. This will forever change the atmosphere of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office” Sheriff Steve Leahy.

Lt. Nick DeRose, a 22-year-old veteran, was taken to University Hospital where he was treated and released.

A procession of law enforcement from across the greater Cincinnati area escorted Brewer’s body from Mercy Hospital to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office, where an autopsy was to be conducted.

Another procession is planned for around 9:30 a.m. at which a fire truck will take Brewer from the coroner’s office to a funeral home in Amelia. The route will run from Martin Luther King Drive to I-71.

Cincinnati police said it will shut down streets from the coroner’s office to I-71.

WLWT crews reported hearing gunshots hours after the standoff started. Police told news crews and neighbors to stay away from the area.

A fire could be seen around 6:30 a.m. coming from the apartment building where the SWAT standoff was taking place. It is unknown how the fire broke out or if it resulted in any injuries.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office, 513-732-7313 or David O’Neil with The Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Identifications at 614-728-6069 or police at 614-302-7990.

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