Man Found Guilty in Shooting of Off-Duty Akron Police Officer

Credit: Morgue File

Credit: Morgue File

Kenan Ivery was found guilty by a jury on Thursday in the death of an off-duty police officer at Papa Don’s Pub in Akron, Ohio in November 2014. Ivery has been convicted on 14 out of 15 counts brought against him, including the death of Akron Officer Justin Winebrenner.

Ivery allegedly became aggressive when he was asked to leave the pub for reportedly making some of the female customers uncomfortable. He left, only to return to the pub with a gun.

According to witnesses, Winebrenner, who was off-duty with friends at the bar, attempted to keep the others safe from Ivery. He was shot twice and died from his wounds. Winebrenner was unarmed. Four others were shot and injured from the shooting.

Ivery testified that he returned to the pub to retrieve forgotten chicken wings and only fired his gun out of fear for his life. The jury remained in deliberation for 15 hours before announcing their verdict.

Ivery faced 15 charges:

  • One count of aggravated murder
  • Two counts of murder
  • Two counts attempted murder
  • Six counts of felonious assault
  • One count of having weapons under disability
  • One count of carrying a concealed weapon
  • One count of illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor permit premise
  • One count of tampering with evidence

The only charge the jury acquitted Ivery of was that of tampering with evidence. It has yet to be determined whether Ivery will receive the death penalty; the hearing is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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