Winebrenner was off-duty but acted in the role of police officer because one was required to defend bar patrons from the armed man.
An Akron, Ohio police officer followed the call of duty to the ultimate end early Sunday morning.
Justin Winebrenner, 32, father of a 4-year-old daughter and 7-year veteran of the Akron police force was allegedly shot in the chest by a man he had earlier asked to leave a bar, according to an eyewitness as reported by the Akron Beacon Journal.
That eyewitness, Darryl Anderson of Tallmadge who knew Winebrenner and his fiancee, said Winebrenner’s actions that morning were heroic.
“He disregarded his own life for somebody else,” said Anderson, the eyewitness. “Everybody today is more appreciative that we get to wake up.
Winebrenner died 30 minutes after being shot at Summa’s Akron City Hospital.
Kenan Ivery, 35, of Grand Avenue in Akron left the bar at 1891 E. Market St. initially but returned with a gun, according to the report. Around 2 a. m., he allegedly shot four people including Winebrenner, two men, and one woman, one of which sustained a life-threatening injury. Their names are not being released.
Ivery faces a count of aggravated murder and five counts of felonious assault. He was captured by officers and K-9 units in a field near the pub where he was attempting to hide, said Akron Police Capt. Daniel Zampelli.
At a press conference held Sunday afternoon, Akron Police Chief James Nice said Winebrenner was off-duty but acted in the role of police officer because one was required to defend bar patrons from the armed man. The bar is owned by Winebrenner’s family.
Those shot in the incident were all attempting to aid Winebrenner in defending bar patrons from Ivery.
Little was said about why Ivery had been asked to leave the bar: he was acting “unruly,” according to Nice.