Mississippi 9-year-old allegedly shoots teen sister to death over video game controller

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(TUPELO, Miss.) — A teenage Mississippi girl whose 9-year-old brother allegedly shot her over a video game has died, according to ABC Tupelo affiliate WTVA-TV.Dijonae White, 13, died at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Tupelo Sunday evening after the boy allegedly shot her in the head during an argument Saturday over the video game’s controller, Monroe County officials told the station.Officers responded to the scene around 1 p.m. Saturday and learned that White’s brother had allegedly grabbed a gun and shot his sister in the back of the head after she refused to hand over the controller, according to WTVA.The children’s mother was in another room preparing lunch when the incident occurred, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told WTVA.It was unclear how the boy gained access to the weapon and whether he was custody, WTVA reported.The boy’s name has not been released.Cantrell has no experience with such cases so he was unaware of what the consequences might be, he told the station.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

How the shooting at YouTube’s California headquarters unfolded

first_imgABC News(SAN BRUNO, Calif.) — A suspect is dead and several people are injured after a shooting Tuesday at YouTube’s headquarters in Northern California sent employees fleeing for their lives. Here is what we know about how the shooting unfolded. The morning of April 3The suspect, 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam of San Diego, who had been reported missing by her family, was found asleep in a car in a parking lot in Mountain View, California, the morning of the shooting.Mountain View is about 30 miles away from San Bruno, where the shooting took place, police said.Officers made contact with her in that parking lot because her license plate matched “that of a missing person out of Southern California,” police said.“The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions,” police said, adding that “her family was notified that she had been located.” That morning Aghdam also went to a local gun range, police said today. April 3 at 12:46 p.m. local timeThe San Bruno Police Department received “numerous” 911 calls about a shooting at YouTube’s headquarters, said San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson. 12:48 p.m.San Bruno police officers arrived at YouTube two minutes later and began combing the area for a suspect as employees fled, said Jackson.As officers entered they found one victim at the front of the building with an apparent gunshot wound, Jackson said. 12:53 p.m.Officers searching the building found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Jackson said.The aftermathThe shooting left four victims hospitalized: three with gunshot wounds and one with an ankle injury from running from the scene, police said.Meanwhile, officers worked to clear the scene. They patted down the fleeing YouTube employees and conducted a room-by-room search. Authorities later said there was no immediate threat to the community. Aghdam appears to have carried out the shooting because she was “upset” with YouTube’s “policies and practices,” authorities said today.Aghdam’s brother also told ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego that she “had a problem with YouTube.”“I didn’t know she has a gun, I thought that maybe she was going to start a fight or something,” he said.“There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter today,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki tweeted on Tuesday.“Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement & first responders for their rapid response,” she said. “Our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NXIVM founder, actress indicted on sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy charges

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — NXIVM’s founder and an actress who was a member of his self-help group were indicted Friday on sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy charges related to what prosecutors say is a secret society within the group.Keith Raniere, also known as “Vanguard” to members within NXIVM, and Allison Mack, who is best known for her role on the TV series “Smallville,” were both indicted by a grand jury on charges arising from Raniere and Mack’s alleged roles in a secret society within NXIVM. According to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue, Mack recruited women into what they believed was a “female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere”. Prosecutors say many of the female victims were branded and forced to participate in sex acts with Raniere.Mack was arrested Friday and will be arraigned Friday before United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak. Raniere was arrested in March on a federal complaint and is currently being held without bond at a detention center in Brooklyn. He is also expected to appear in court on Friday afternoonAccording to the U.S. State Attorney’s Office, Raniere was deported by Mexican authorities after he was found outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in a luxury villa last month. Two days later, he appeared before a judge at a federal courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas.“As alleged in the complaint, Keith Raniere created a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets,” Donoghue said in a statement released in March.NXIVM is a secretive self-help organization based in Albany, New York, that was founded by Raniere and Nancy Salzman. It touts itself as a “professional coaching company” and its website says it offers “Executive Success Programs,” or “ESP,” in New York, California, Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.In a statement posted on the homepage of the group’s website, “In response to the allegations against our founder, Keith Raniere, we are currently working with the authorities to demonstrate his innocence and true character. We strongly believe the justice system will prevail in bringing the truth to light. We are saddened by the reports perpetuated by the media and their apparent disregard for ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ yet we will continue to honor the same principles on which our company was founded. It is during the times of greatest adversity that integrity, humanity and compassion are hardest, and needed most”ABC News’ “20/20” did an extensive report on NXIVM last year, including interviews with several former members, including Sarah Edmondson, who said she was a member of the group for over a decade.Edmondson told ABC News and said in a complaint to the New York State Department of Health that after attending NXIVM seminars for more than a decade, she was approached about an opportunity to join a secret sorority. Then, one night she said she and five other women were summoned to a house in the Albany area, where they thought they were going to get a tattoo but once there, found out she and the other women were going to be branded.“It was a horror movie,” she told “20/20.” “It was the most inhumane, horrific way to treat anybody. But the most horrific thing is that it’s women doing it to women.”Edmondson said each of the women would lie down naked and then was branded with a cauterizing device, without any anesthesia. When it was her turn, Edmondson said the pain felt “worse than childbirth.”As outlined in the Department of Justice press release, the complaint, which was unsealed last month, alleges that “in 2015, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called ‘DOS,’ which loosely translated to ‘Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions,’ or ‘The Vow.’ DOS operated with levels of women ‘slaves’ headed by ‘masters.’ Slaves were expected to recruit slaves of their own (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn owed service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid. Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. Other than the (sic) Raniere, all members of DOS were women.”In a letter Donoghue submitted to the judge in Texas requesting that bail be denied, he asserts that Raniere has had more than 50 DOS slaves under him, many of whom were recruited from within NXIVM’s ranks.“As alleged, Keith Raniere displayed a disgusting abuse of power in his efforts to denigrate and manipulate women he considered his sex slaves,” FBI’s New York Field Office Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement in March. “He allegedly participated in horrifying acts of branding and burning them, with the cooperation of other women operating within this unorthodox pyramid scheme. These serious crimes against humanity are not only shocking, but disconcerting, to say the least, and we are putting an end to this torture today.”After reports started surfacing about DOS last year, a letter was posted on the NXIVM website, in which Raniere said, “The picture being painted in the media is not how I know our community and friends to be, nor how I experience it myself. However, as an organization and as individuals, we felt it was imperative that we hire experts to ensure there is no merit to the allegations.“Additionally, I feel it is important to clarify the sorority is not part of NXIVM and that I am not associated with the group,” the statement continued. “I firmly support one’s right to freedom of expression, so what the sorority or any other social group chooses to do is not our business so long as there is no abuse. Our experts, a forensic psychiatrist of international repute, psychologists and ex-law enforcement, say members of the sorority are thriving, healthy, happy, better off, and haven’t been coerced. Furthermore, the sorority is proud of what they created and want to share their story. I am confident they will be addressing you very soon.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Deadly explosion at California day spa wasn’t an accident, officials say

first_imgABC News(ALISO VIEJO, Calif) — The mysterious, deadly explosion that rocked a Southern California day spa on Tuesday doesn’t appear to have been an accident, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI said Wednesday.The powerful explosion in Aliso Viejo, which is about 50 miles south of Los Angeles, left one woman — believed to be the day spa owner — dead and three others injured.The motive is not clear, officials said Wednesday, adding that no arrests have been made.The working theory is that the explosion was from a device, the FBI said. Two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation told ABC News that preliminary indications are that the device was inside a package that was delivered to the business.The blast sent plumes of white smoke into the air and debris flying into the parking lot.Witness Dong Shin told ABC News he heard a booming sound and then “felt the ground shake.”When he saw fire and debris, Shin said, his first thought was a bomb.At least 1 killed, 3 injured after mysterious explosion rocks medical buildingChildren at a day care facility across the street from the building were evacuated. Some were seen walking outside holding hands, while others were wheeled out in cribs.No children were hurt, officials said.“It’s horrible, it’s a tragedy,” Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Tony Bommarito told ABC News. “Anytime you’re near this or you see it, it’s going to affect you.”The scene has been rendered safe, the city said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rick Gates concludes his testimony against his former boss Paul Manafort

first_imgThe Washington Post/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rick Gates, the former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, wrapped up his eight-hour long testimony today against his former boss Paul Manafort, who is on trial in federal court in Virginia on bank and tax fraud charges.Manafort is accused of evading taxes on $60 million earned in overseas lobbying and consulting work for a Russian-backed Ukrainian political party. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.During a relatively brief cross-examination Wednesday morning, Manafort’s lead attorney Kevin Downing alleged that Gates had a total of four extra-marital affairs, including the one Manafort’s defense team had previously described as a part of Gate’s “secret” life.Before Gates could respond, prosecutors objected on the grounds of relevance, and after a meeting at the judge’s bench, the claim was never mentioned again.On Tuesday, Gates had acknowledged from the witness stand that he used money embezzled from Manafort to finance a London apartment he used to engage in an extra-marital affair. Defense attorneys contend that Gates embezzled about $3 million from Manafort.Throughout his three-day testimony, Gates described his part in shielding millions of dollars in more a dozen offshore accounts from United States tax collectors. Gates said he did so at Manafort’s direction, and also admitted to embezzling “several hundred thousand” dollars from Manafort.Asked if he told Manafort about the relationship in London 10 years ago, Gates said he had, and added that Manafort was supportive and that he didn’t fire him for it.The defense on Wednesday also asked Gates about an interview he sat for with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2014. Gates testified that he had disclosed offshore accounts in Cyprus and the Grenadines during the interviews.When asked if Manafort was truthful with the FBI, Gates answered, “To the best of my recollection, yes.”Special counsel prosecutor Greg Andres moved swiftly through his cross-examination of Gates on Wednesday morning. Andres asked Gates whether the government had ever charged him with embezzling, and Gates said no.Andres also asked Gates whether Manafort had ever confronted him about the embezzlement, some of it through padded expense invoices, and Gates also said no.Andres then asked Gates “who paid for those [expense reports] ultimately?”“The Ukrainian businessmen,” Gates responded, implying that Manafort did not pay for the expenses Gates submitted to Manafort, but that the Ukrainian businessmen reimbursed him for the fraudulent expense reports he submitted.Gates was then asked questions about his pre-trial preparation sessions with the special counsel. Asked if he was ever “told how to answer” questions during the trial, Gates said he wasn’t.“The only answer I was told was to tell the truth.”Gates also testified that he faced consequences if he lied before the jury. Andres asked“If you lie here today and those charges are brought again — would you have a defense to that?”, Andres asked.“No,” Gates replied.“As you sit here today, is there any doubt in your mind that if you lie, the special counsel will rip up your plea agreement?” Andres continued.“No there is not,” Gates answered.Next up on the stand is an FBI accountant, whose testimony is expected to last about two hours. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Christie’s auctions 1st piece of art created by artificial intelligence

first_imgTimothy A. Clary/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It took 15,000 paintings and more than eight centuries to produce the Portrait of Edmond Belamy, but the artist’s signature is the big reveal: a mathematical algorithm.Conceived by the Paris-based Obvious Collective, the resulting image — a blurry face of a European man that evokes centuries past — is the first piece of art generated by artificial intelligence sold by a major auction house.Christie’s New York is conducting the auction for the computer-printed portrait on Tuesday. The piece may fetch as much as $10,000, the company said in a statement. Edmond is a member of the 11-person Belamy family of AI-generated portraits.The portraits are the brainchild of Obvious, a trio of lifelong friends who live and work together in an apartment near Gare du Nord. One of the three, Hugo Caselles-Dupré, discovered the Generative Adversarial Network class of algorithms while working on his Ph.D. in machine learning.“The images they were creating were really amazing,” his fellow collective member Pierre Fautrel told ABC News. “We are really fascinated by the power of algorithms. We begin to discuss, if you create art like this, is this art?”The conversation, which originated with 25-year-olds lounging in their apartment on sofas, manifested in the Belamys.“Can an algorithm be creative? We decided to make a discussion about this through our art and have an open discussion because we don’t have the answers,” Fautrel said. “A lot of people everywhere in the world could have this interesting conversation.”They ran 15,000 portraits scanning the 14th to the 20th centuries through the algorithms. They focused on portraits, Fautrel said, because they wanted a form of art that “my mother and my little brother could understand.”The fictional Belamy family is a winking homage to the creator of the Generative Adversarial Network, Ian Goodfellow. In French, a rough translation of his last name is “Bel ami” or “Belamy.”The result, printed on canvas and hung in a gilt frame, could pass for a work by the Old Masters from a distance. Up close, the lack of texture and paint is obvious, and the image seems vaguely flat.In February, a French collector, Nicolas Laugero-Lasserre, bought the portrait of the Belamy family patriarch, Le Comte de Belamy, aka The Count of Belamy, for €10,000 ($11,430), hence the guidance for this auction, which ends on Thursday.Obvious caught the eye of Christie’s Richard Lloyd, the international head of the Prints and Multiples Department, who then reached out to the collective, he said.“I have always been interested in AI art and have been following the space for quite some time,” Lloyd wrote in an email. “After speaking with them, we decided to include a piece from their La Famille de Belamy series [in this sale].”Technology-enabled art is not unprecedented. Painter David Hockney embraced iPads and styluses for an extensive series of digital art.As for whether AI is threatening to replace human artists, at least one, English painter Jonathan Huxley, is unconcerned.“The threat of digital art has been around for 15 to 20 years. Real art is like prostitution: It’s one of the oldest businesses in the world,” Huxley said. “As people get saturated with the digital world, they’ll want the blood, sweat, and tears in their living room. It’s rarer and rarer so it will be worth more.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Arizona grandmother and teen connected by accidental text spend 3rd Thanksgiving together

first_imgCourtesy Jamal Hinton(PHOENIX) — The Arizona grandmother who accidentally invited a teen to her Thanksgiving dinner — thinking it was her grandson — celebrated the holiday with that same teen again this year, for the third year in a row.The sweet holiday tradition began in 2016 when Wanda Dench, now 61, sent Jamal Hinton, now 19, a text asking if he and his girlfriend were coming to Thanksgiving dinner this year.“Let me know if you are coming,” the text to Hinton read. “Hope to see you all.”Hinton responded by asking for a photo to confirm if it was his own grandmother behind the text. The picture came in of a woman with blonde hair and glasses — not Hinton’s grandma.“You not my grandma,” Hinton wrote in the text exchange, with a laughing emoji. “Can I still get a plate tho?”When Dench responded with an “Of course you can,” Hinton showed up, and the strangers quickly became fast friends, spending their third holiday together this year.This year, Hinton posted a video on YouTube, documenting his very special holiday dinner.“Gaining a new grandma, I thought maybe I’d gain one getting married, but as a friend, it’s great,” he told local CBS affiliate KPHO-TV.In the video posted on YouTube of their dinner, Dench said “strangers were not strangers to me.”“I grew up in the military my dad was in the Navy and my husband … was in the Army and we moved around a lot so I was always going to new places,” she said. “And so strangers were not strangers to me.”“Family is more than blood,” she added. “It’s the people you want to be with.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Investigators find body while searching for missing 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, FBI says

first_imgFBI Charlotte(NEW YORK) — Authorities in North Carolina have located a body in the area where they are searching for 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, who has been missing since the beginning of the month, according to authorities.The body was found in the area off Wire Grass Road in Robeson County Tuesday afternoon, FBI Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch said in a statement to ABC News. The remains have not yet been identified. Investigators found the body while following leads related to Hania’s disappearance, Lynch said. Her family has been notified. Hania was kidnapped outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton, North Carolina, according to police. She had taken the keys to her aunt’s green 2003 Ford Expedition to start the car before school, when a man dressed in all black with a yellow bandanna over his face forced her into an SUV and drove away, police said. The car was located three days later several miles away from Hania’s home. Authorities have been pouring over surveillance footage from nearby homes and businesses since Hania’s disappearance. Last week, investigators asked deer hunters who have cameras in Robeson County to hand over any footage they may have from Nov. 5 and 8. Investigators are also trying to find a man seen in surveillance video walking in her neighborhood on the morning she was abducted. Authorities describe Hania as a Hispanic girl, about 5 feet tall and 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Hania was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.  Lynch reminded the public that investigators are still trying to find Hania’s kidnapper.“Please continue to pray for Hania, her family, and each other as the investigation continues to find out who kidnapped Hania and hold them responsible,” Lynch said. The reward for information leading to Hania rose to $30,000 last week.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mourners line tracks as funeral train carries President George H.W. Bush to burial next to wife, daughter

first_imgDavid J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The nation’s farewell to President George H.W. Bush is ending in his adopted home state of Texas, when, after a more intimate service for family and friends Thursday, he will be buried where he had long hoped to be: next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin, who broke their hearts when she died at age 3 of leukemia.After the church service, a presidential funeral train carried Bush’s casket on a 70-mile final journey to the burial site, moving slowly at times as mourners, some saluting, many waving American flags, stood along the tracks in his honor.At the Texas funeral, he was eulogized by his longtime best friend, James Baker, who became his secretary of state and was with him in his last hours.He described Bush as “a truly beautiful human being.”“Man’s glory begins and ends with friends,” Baker said in a tearful description of their many decades together. He began with an apology to a man he said was always humble, but always clear in his decisions.“I’m about to do something you always hated — brag about yourself,” he said. “I will do this because it must be done.”In a gesture to ways of the past – a time well before presidential Twitter feeds – he called Bush a “charter member of the greatest generation,” the “finest” one-term president the country ever had, and a man who believed in “humility toward and not humiliation of” his adversaries.Baker also poked fun, joking that during a friendly disagreement, Bush used what Baker said was his “effective way of ending a discussion:” ‘Baker, if you’re so smart, why am I president and you’re not?’”As he finished, he paraphrased the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, saying, “Our glory, George, was to have you as our president, and such a friend,” then broke briefly into tears. As he walked back to his pew, he got a warm hug from former President George W. Bush.George Prescott Bush, the late president’s grandson and the son of former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, followed Baker. Bush, who served in the Navy like his grandfather, shared memories of the good times the Bush grandchildren had with the man they knew as “Gampy.”Speaking at his father’s emotional service in Washington on Wednesday, the 43rd president said the family took solace in knowing the elder Bush will be reunited with those who meant so much to him.“So, through our tears, let us see the blessings of knowing and loving you – a great and noble man, and the best father a son or daughter could have,” he said, choking up. “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”H.W. Bush became a Texas transplant in the late 1950s after graduating from Yale University and leaving his home in a wealthy town in Connecticut, where he was raised. He moved his growing family to West Texas to learn the oil industry from the ground up, eventually deciding to run for Congress, embarking on his long career in politics.Before the Texas funeral began, he lay in repose at the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, which the Bushes joined in 1959.The Texas ceremonies were intended for about 1,200 friends of the family — many of whom are said to hail from “west of the Mississippi” — and included stars from the country music world Bush came to love: Reba McEntire sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and the Oak Ridge Boys performed a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”It was in marked contrast to the more formal funeral in Washington, during which the world watched as all five of the nation’s living presidents, as well as first ladies and hundreds of the city’s power figures, gathered at the Washington National Cathedral.According to a Bush family spokesperson, the late president, who had a signature pair of socks for seemingly every occasion, will be buried in a pair showing Navy fighter planes flying in formation, honoring his days as a naval aviator, a lifelong source of pride.In return, in an unprecedented gesture, the Navy will conduct the largest-ever 21-aircraft missing man formation to mark Bush’s wartime legacy.“In addition to being our president, he was also one of our brothers, flying combat missions off aircraft carriers during World War II. His service to our Navy and nation merits a tribute of this magnitude,” Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic, said in a statement.The F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets will fly over the interment ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.The special train taking Bush’s casket and family to the gravesite is reminiscent of previous presidential funeral trains.This one, designated the Union Pacific No. 4141 and painted in the colors of Air Force One, was unveiled in his honor back in 2005.At a final, private graveside service, in the late afternoon, “Taps” will be played and the Navy hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” will be sung, and George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest.On his simple headstone, what he once said all he wanted: his U.S. Navy identification number and the inscription: “He loved Barbara very much.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Veteran detective killed, partner wounded in shooting in Ohio; ‘suicidal’ suspect in custody, police say

first_imgiStock(CINCINNATI) — A veteran sheriff’s detective was shot to death and his partner was injured in a gun battle with a 23-year-old suspect in an attempted burglary, who was allegedly suicidal and barricaded in an apartment building in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, officials said.The alleged shooter — identified as Wade Edward Winn — kept police at bay for some 12 hours before he was taken into custody Sunday around 6:30 a.m. following another gunfight with a SWAT team, officials said.Killed in the confrontation was Detective Bill Brewer, the married father of a 5-year-old son and a 20-year veteran of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.“Deputy Brewer gave his life attempting to help a person who was admittedly suicidal,” Clermont County Sheriff Steve Lehey said in a statement Sunday morning. “This will forever change the atmosphere of the Clermont Sheriff’s Office.”The deadly standoff unfolded at about 7 p.m. on Saturday when a man called 911 and told a dispatcher that Winn had barricaded himself in his apartment, was armed, suicidal and refusing to leave, officials said.Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said Winn was “involved in a burglary attempt” prior to barricading himself in the apartment of the man who called 911.Brewer and Lt. Nick DeRose responded to the call and came under fire around 10:30 p.m. at the Green at Royal Oaks Apartments in Pierce Township about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati on the Ohio-Kentucky border, officials said.The mortally-wounded Brewer was taken to Anderson Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, where he died, officials said.“This Officer’s valor is now recorded for all time, written in blood,” Yost said in a statement. “We mourn, and we will remember.”DeRose, a 22-year veteran of the Clermont Sheriff’s Office, was treated for a gunshot wound at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and released, officials said.“It’s a very sad morning for the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office,” said Capt. Jeff Sellars, a spokesman for the agency.The area around the apartment building was shut down as Winn allegedly continued firing throughout the night. Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO-TV reported hearing shots around 10:30 p.m. and just before midnight.The Clermont County Special Response Team and a SWAT team from the Cincinnati Police Department responded to the scene and evacuated neighboring residents. Crisis intervention officers attempted to negotiate with Winn via bullhorn, asking him to surrender.At about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, police were heard shouting at Winn on the bullhorn, repeatedly saying, “Come outside. We won’t hurt you. We won’t hurt you,” WCOP-TV reported.A few minutes later, police sirens sounded and an officer was heard yelling, “Go, go, go!” followed by gunshots and fire that broke out at the apartment complex.The suspect was taken into custody by SWAT team members who “endured a barrage of gunfire generated by Winn,” officials said in a statement.It was not immediately clear what started the fire at the complex, but Sellars said a blaze erupted “as a result of the standoff.”“The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has requested the bureau of criminal investigations to handle the criminal aspect of the standoff,” Sellars said.He said the state fire marshal’s office is investigating the fire.Winn’s criminal history includes several misdemeanor marijuana convictions, dating back to 2015, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.In June, Winn was arrested for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, according to the Enquirer. He was sentenced to five days in jail and placed on a month of probation, the newspaper reported citing court records.Brewer’s death marks the fifth police officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty this year in the U.S.The fatal shooting came just 14 days after Mobile, Alabama, police officer Sean Tuder was killed while serving an arrest warrant on Jan. 20.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more