Visitation held Thursday for detective killed in line of duty

Visitation for Clermont County deputy

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - Gov. Mike DeWine was among hundreds of mourners to attend a public visitation Thursday for a southwestern Ohio law enforcement veteran killed in the line of duty.

A detective with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Bill Brewer, was shot to death during a standoff at a Pierce Township apartment complex Saturday night. His visitation was set for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Christian Church, 4110 Bach Buxton Rd.

DeWine told FOX19 NOW on Wednesday he planned to attend the deputy’s “calling hours,” or viewing. Earlier this week, the governor ordered flags to be lowered to half staff at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus and Clermont County to honor Brewer’s service until sunset the day of his interment.

DeWine isn’t the only state leader who personally honored the fallen deputy. Ohio’s top cop, Attorney General Dave Yost, plans to attend Brewer’s funeral Friday -- as will U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup.

Brewer’s funeral is scheduled to begin at the church Friday at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Pierce Township Cemetery on Locust Corner Road. Classes are canceled Friday at all West Clermont schools.

The high school parking lot will be used for first responders’ vehicles and is not open to the public Friday. The public can park at the middle school parking lot with a shuttle to take them back and forth to Crossroads East Side, next to Jungle Jim’s, 4450 Eastgate South Dr. The funeral is closed to the general public, but they can watch it on a livestream at Crossroads East Side.

Doors will open at 9 a.m.

Following the funeral, a procession is scheduled to leave the church around noon for the cemetery. It will be led by the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Motor Unit, followed by outside agency motor units and then the hearse carrying Brewer’s casket.

His family will be in a limousine directly behind the hearse, followed by first responders.

The procession will proceed as follows:

  • Left onto Bach Buxton Road
  • Left onto Clough Pike
  • Left onto Main Street Batavia (Central Joint Fire and EMS ladder trucks will be on Main Street)
  • Enter West on Ohio 32
  • South on Interstate I-275 (Union Township Fire Department ladder trucks will be on the overpass at Wilfert Drive)
  • Exit onto eastbound Ohio 125
  • South onto Merwin 10 Mile Road
  • West onto Locust Corner Road, which will be closed for parking 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Prosecutors say by a 23-year-old gunman feigned suicide and “was waiting in ambush” for Brewer and other deputies who came to his aid. A lieutenant, Nick DeRose, also was shot in the ankle and wounded.

The suspect, Wade Edward Winn, was taken into custody several hours later the following morning on charges of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder.

Brewer, 42, is the first deputy in the county to be killed in the line of duty since 1966, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a database of line-of-duty deaths.

He leaves behind a wife of 13 years and a 5-year-old son.

The police union president in Clermont County, Deputy Rick DePuccio, has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Brewer’s wife and son. So far, it has raised $26,669 toward a $30,000 goal.

Brewer joined the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 19, 1998, according to the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum’s obituary.

He was hit by a car traveling about 30 mph on Dec. 29, 2015, while trying to arrest a resisting theft suspect, suffered non-life threatening injuries and spoke out at his sentencing months later.

Brewer was awarded a Merit/Bravery Award in 2017 by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation, according to the museum. He received numerous commendations during his two decades of public service and was transferred in December to the Investigations Section at the sheriff’s office.

Brewer attended Williamsburg High School and became one of the top athletes in the area. He played defensive back on the varsity football team, starting in his sophomore year. After the first two games, the coach changed to a run-and-shoot offense with Brewer as quarterback. Brewer ended up passing for almost 1200 yards in their first eight games and he continued to excelled through his senior year.

The Associated Press gave him an honorable mention in his sophomore year in the Region’s Division V All District Teams competition.

As a junior, he was named quarterback of the Division VI First Team. He was also an outstanding basketball and baseball player. He graduated in 1996 and was later inducted into the Williamsburg High School sports Hall of Fame.

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