Police officer killed during shooting in ongoing standoff situation

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A veteran sheriff’s detective was shot to death and his partner was injured in a gun battle with a 23-year-old man who a 911 caller claimed was suicidal and barricaded at an apartment building in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, officials said.

The alleged shooter — identified as Wade Edward Winn — kept police at bay for some 12 hours before he was taken into custody Sunday around 6:30 a.m. following another gunfight with a SWAT team, officials said.

Killed in the confrontation with Winn was Detective Bill Brewer, the married father of a 5-year-old son and a 20-year veteran of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.

PHOTO: Detective Bill Brewer is pictured in this undated photo released by Clermont County Sheriffs Department.Clermont County Sheriffs Department
Detective Bill Brewer is pictured in this undated photo released by Clermont County Sheriff’s Department.

“Deputy Brewer gave his life attempting to help a person who was admittedly suicidal,” Clermont County Sheriff Steve Lehey said in a statement Sunday morning. “This will forever change the atmosphere of the Clermont Sheriff’s Office.”

The deadly standoff unfolded about 7 p.m. on Saturday when a man called 911 and told a dispatcher that Winn had barricaded himself in an apartment, was armed and suicidal, officials said.

Brewer and Lt. Nick DeRose responded to the call and came under fire around 10:30 p.m. at the Green at Royal Oaks Apartments in Pierce Township about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati on the Ohio-Kentucky border, officials said.

PHOTO: Detective Bill Brewer (left) and Lt. Nick De Rose are pictured in this undated photo released by Clermont County Sheriffs Department.Clermont County Sheriffs Department
Detective Bill Brewer (left) and Lt. Nick De Rose are pictured in this undated photo released by Clermont County Sheriff’s Department.

The mortally-wounded Brewer was taken to Anderson Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, where he died, officials said.

DeRose, a 22-year veteran of the Clermont Sheriff’s Office, was treated for a gunshot wound at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and released, officials said.

“It’s a very sad morning for the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office,” said Capt. Jeff Sellars, a spokesman for the agency.

The area around the apartment building was shut down as Winn allegedly continued firing throughout the night. Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO-TV reported hearing shots around 10:30 p.m. and just before midnight.

PHOTO: Wade Edward Winn is pictured in this undated photo released by Clermont County Sheriffs Department.Clermont County Sheriffs Department
Wade Edward Winn is pictured in this undated photo released by Clermont County Sheriff’s Department.

The Clermont County Special Response Team and a SWAT team from the Cincinnati Police Department responded to the scene and evacuated neighboring residents. Crisis intervention officers attempted to negotiate with Winn via bullhorn, asking him to surrender.

About 6:30 a.m. Sunday, police were heard shouting at Winn on the bullhorn, repeatedly saying, “Come outside. We won’t hurt you. We won’t hurt you,” WCOP-TV reported.

A few minutes later, police sirens sounded and an officer was heard yelling, “Go, go, go!” followed by gunshots and fire that broke out at the apartment complex.

The suspect was taken into custody by SWAT team members who “endured a barrage of gunfire generated by Winn,” officials said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear what started the fire at the complex, but Sellars said the blaze erupted “as a result of the standoff.”

“The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has requested the bureau of criminal investigations to handle the criminal aspect of the standoff,” Sellars said.

He said the state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.

Brewer’s death marks the fifth police officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty this year in the United States.

The fatal shooting came just 14 days after Mobile, Alabama, police officer Sean Tuder was killed while serving an arrest warrant on Jan. 20.

ABC News’ Alexandra Faul contributed to this report.