$10M Bond Set for Man Accused of Shooting Ohio Deputies

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
February 5, 2019USshare
$10M Bond Set for Man Accused of Shooting Ohio Deputies
Suspect Wade Edward Winn, right, appears before Judge Kevin T. Miles at Clermont County Municipal Court into the shooting incident involving two officers of the Clermont County Sheriff's Office, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Batavia, Ohio.(John Minchillo/AP Photo)

CINCINNATI—A man accused of luring authorities with threats of killing himself and then fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy and wounding another deputy who tried to help him during a 12-hour standoff in Ohio had his bond set at $10 million Monday.

A shackled Wade Edward Winn, who appeared to have injuries on his face, was in Clermont County Municipal Court in Batavia for his initial hearing on charges of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder in the weekend shooting in Pierce Township, roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Cincinnati.

Apartment damaged by fire in a shooting incident, resulted in Clermont County Sheriff's Office Deputy death 2
Police tape surrounds an apartment damaged by fire involved in a shooting incident that resulted in the death of a Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Pierce Township, Ohio. Suspect Wade Edward Winn was charged with aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

Authorities say Detective Bill Brewer died from his wounds. The other deputy, Nick DeRose, was shot in the ankle. He was in court for Monday’s hearing along with several other members of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

Prosecutors said in court Monday that Winn had faked killing himself at some point during the standoff and the two deputies were shot through a wall when they tried to enter the apartment to assist him. Prosecutors said that they will seek the death penalty.

Suspect Wade Edward Winn
Suspect Wade Edward Winn, right, appears before Judge Kevin T. Miles at Clermont County Municipal Court into the shooting incident involving two officers of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Batavia, Ohio.(John Minchillo/AP Photo)

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

Winn’s lawyer, Jay Clark, said Monday that Winn has been under psychiatric care in the past.

Clark confirmed that Winn broadcast parts of the standoff live to his followers on Instagram. He says he believes the content of his client’s video indicates “he was trying to get help because he truly thought he was being threatened.”

Suspect Wade Edward Winn at Clermont County Municipal Court
Suspect Wade Edward Winn, in orange, appears before Judge Kevin T. Miles at Clermont County Municipal Court into the shooting incident involving two officers of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Batavia, Ohio. Detective Bill Brewer died from gunshot wounds after being transported to Anderson Mercy Hospital. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

Clark also said that Winn “articulated to me that he is extremely remorseful.” The attorney says he doesn’t think Winn “fully appreciates exactly what happened or how it happened.”

Messages seeking additional comment were left Monday for county prosecutors.

Authorities have said that officers responded about 7 p.m. Saturday to the Royal Oaks Apartments following a 911 call from a man who said he believed someone was inside his residence. The caller then said that he was armed and eventually told the dispatcher he was suicidal, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Clermont County Deputy Lt. Nick DeRose
Clermont County Deputy Lt. Nick DeRose rises to leave the courtroom following a hearing for suspect Wade Edward Winn at Clermont County Municipal Court in the shooting incident involving two officers of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Batavia, Ohio. Detective Bill Brewer died from gunshot wounds after being transported to Anderson Mercy Hospital. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

David O’Neil, a spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, has confirmed that the caller was determined to be Winn.

Police agencies came under a “barrage” of gunfire from Winn before he was taken into custody early Sunday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities have said that a fire erupted in the apartment early Sunday, but haven’t provided details on that.

By Lisa Cornwell

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