George’s. The first Wisconsin bar across the bridge from Winona. With a 2:30 a.m. closing time, George’s frequently fills up with a Winona drinking crowd after Minnesota’s 1 a.m. closing time. Image: Steve Lunde

Manhunt ends in 33-year-old felon’s arrest

BLUFF SIDING, Wis.  – A Winona man was shot in the gut in the parking out at George’s bar and rushed five miles to the Winona hospital. The injuries were  life-threatening, police said. The assailant fled. Several police agencies, including a K-9 unit from neighboring Trempealeau County, searched roads, bluffs and swamps around George’s to no avail. Later police in Winona arrested Damien Bryant Winn, 33, who was held on a probation violation. Winn, whose address is Winona, was booked at 11:30 a.m. Winn was held for Wisconsin authorities for assault intending substantial harm. The shooting was in Buffalo County on the Wisconsin side of the border. Buffalo County Sheriff Mike Osmond declined to release the victim’s name immediately. Sources, however, said victim was 33 years old and from Winona. After the arrest, police said there was no further threat to the public. Police had converged on George’s in response to a 2:17 a.m. emergency call about a disturbance. They found the victim bleeding in the parking lot, which is just off State Highway 35. Police taped off the area as a crime scene to scout for clues at dawn.

Winn. Convicted in 2019 for felony assault in Winona. To prison 15 months. As a felon, barred from possessing a firearm.