Apparently, the police officer, after attending a fund raiser earlier that night, stopped at the pub accompanied by another off-duty police officer, whose name has not yet been revealed. The pub is currently owned by who was supposed to be Winebrenner’s future wife.
At about 2 a.m., a man by the name of Kenan Ivery , age 35, walked into the bar and began showing signs of unruliness. He was asked by the bar’s personnel to leave and he complied, only to return a second time and open fire.
According to the officials, Ivery had also attended the same fund raising event as the deceased. It is not known if the two men knew each other prior to the incident.
When Ivery came back to the bar the second time he drew out his gun. The customers and personnel looked at Winebrenner for help, as he was a familiar face in the pub. The police officer tried to escort Ivery out when he started shooting. Five people ended up being shot, Winebrenner, another police officer and three customers. The identities of the other victims, as well as their condition right now, are not known. It is believed that the three customers may have suffered life threatening injuries, while the other off-duty police officer got away with only minor injuries.
The offender fled the pub on foot. Immediately, the Akron authorities engaged in a manhunt to find the suspect. He was eventually found in an empty field by a rail yard, situated not even a mile away from the bar, after the K-9 units tracked his sent.
Ivery is now facing aggravated murder charges, along with five counts of felonious assault with a weapon. He has a long history of conflicts with the law, his last one being dated on May, this year.
Justin Winebrenner was hired into the force in 2007 and since then he’s pulled a man out of a flaming car in 2011 and also received a department award after arresting a drunk driver. He was at the pub discussing wedding plans with his fiancé, before being shot.
The police officer also left behind a 4-year-old daughter who appears next to him in many of his Facebook photos and who he “loved to death”, as according to one of his friends.
Justin Winebrenner was 32 years old.
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