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Police Officer Justin Robert Winebrenner | Akron Police Department, Ohio Akron Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Justin Robert Winebrenner

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 7 years, 7 months

Badge # 360

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Justin Winebrenner was shot and killed while confronting an armed subject while off duty at approximately 2:00 am.

He and several friends were at a pub in the 1800 block of East Market Street when another patron became disorderly and was ejected from the business. The man returned a short time later and brandished a handgun at the staff and other customers. Staff member, who knew Officer Winebrenner was a police officer, alerted him to the situation. He and another off duty officer confronted the man, who then opened fire.

Officer Winebrenner was struck once in the chest and suffered a fatal wound while the other officer suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Three citizens were also shot and wounded.

The subject, a convicted felon, fled the scene on foot. He was located and taken into custody by a canine unit approximately one mile away. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on October 28, 2015.

Officer Winebrenner had served with the Akron Police Department for seven years and had previously served with the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center for two years. He is survived by his 4-year-old daughter and fiancee.

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I recently watched the sentencing of the suspect and even though I am a 33 year veteran of Law Enforcement I shed many tears watching the video.
I want to send my most heartfelt condolences to Justin's father, wife, sister and all other family members of this tragedy.
Like Justin, my daughter has chosen to follow her father's footsteps into service in Law Enforcement, I can relate to the feelings Justin's father must have entertained from time to time. Never fear, our destiny's are charted by God and His Will will certainly be carried out in the end. We can be confident that we will be reunited with our loved ones in the days to come.
As I told my daughter, :I can't promise you that I will be here until the end your life, but I can tell you that I will love you until the end of mine.
Please accept this attempt to help you heal in the spirit it is intended.

C. Wayne Donham Retired Major
Larimer County Sheriffs Department, Colorado
March 13, 2016


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