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AKRON, Ohio- A man accused of killing an off-duty Akron police officer and shooting four others is expected to be in court Tuesday.

Police say Kenan Ivery, 35, is facing several charges including aggravated murder.

He is accused of killing Justin Winebrenner, 32, and injuring four others. The shooting happened early Sunday at Papa Don’s Pub after Ivery was told to leave the bar.

Ivery did leave but then returned with a gun.

Police Chief James Nice told FOX 8 that Winebrenner and two other men, David Wokaty and Michael Capes, tried to get Ivery out of the bar and that’s when he opened fire.

After the shooting, Ivery fled the scene but was tracked down by Akron police and K9 officers.

One of the K9 bit Ivery.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment and released from the hospital Monday.  He is now being held in jail.

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Vigil to remember Officer Justin Winebrenner (11/17/14)

Meanwhile, Monday night, it was a community coming together for a vigil at the East Market Street United Church of Christ to remember Officer Winebrenner.

His friend, Akron police officer Jeff Edsall, said, “One of my best friends, trains with me, helps train my dog.  It is rough.  This is a guy who would do anything to help anyone at any time.  He had the biggest heart in the world.”

Read more on Officer Winebrenner.

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