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Pierce Township standoff: What we know, what we don't know

Standoff ended Sunday morning after 12 hours
Posted at 5:50 AM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 10:21:30-05

PIERCE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Now that the Pierce Township standoff is over after about 12 hours, here's what we know and what we don't yet know.

What we know:

  • At 6:56 p.m. Saturday night, deputies were sent to a welfare check at an apartment on St. Andrews Drive. This is near Stillmeadow Country Club Golf Course, generally south of Ohio SR 125 and west of Merwin 10 Mile Rd.
  • At 8:15 p.m, first gunshots were reported coming from inside the apartment.
  • At 10:37 p.m., two Clermont County deputies shot. Overnight we learned that one deputy died and another was injured.
  • Gunshots have continued through the night.
  • Neighbors at the apartment complex have either left or have been told to stay inside.
  • Around 6:30 am Sunday morning, fire was spotted by WCPO cameras at the complex, and firefighters on the scene were involved. There had been a call for another fire at a similar location around 2:00 am.
  • Around 6:36am, authorities brought the suspect into custody. Later in the morning, authorities reported the suspect is named Wade Edward Winn, 23 years old.
  • At 9:20am, we learned the identifies of the officer who died and the officer who was wounded. Detective Bill Brewer was transported to Anderson Mercy where he later died as a result of his injuries. Detective Brewer, a 20-year veteran, is survived by his wife and a 5-year-old son. Lt. Nick DeRose, a 22-year veteran, was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was treated and later released.

What we don't know or don't have confirmed:

  • Any motive or contributing factors. Police said Sunday morning the suspect was suicidal.
  • How the fire at the suspect's apartment started. Was it from inside the apartment, or was it tied to any possible incendiaries delivered by police?
  • What did people who live at the apartment do during the standoff? How many people are displaced as a result of the standoff and the fire?