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Man indicted in officer shooting

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    Martin Robinson



ELYRIA — A Lorain man has been indicted on charges of attempted aggravated murder and other charges in connection with the shooting of an Amherst police officer working as a member of the Lorain County SWAT team during a May 31 standoff in Sheffield Lake.

Martin Robinson, 40, of Oliver Street, was indicted on a count of first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder, seven counts of first-degree felony attempted murder, 12 counts of first-degree felony felonious assault, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of inducing panic, according to a grand jury secret indictment unsealed Wednesday.

All of the counts in the 22-count indictment contain specifications that Robinson discharged a firearm at a police officer while committing the offense. Many of the counts also have firearm specifications attached to them, which carry a mandatory prison sentence upon conviction.

On May 31, Robinson barricaded himself in his Oliver Street home after the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Lorain County SWAT team attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant on him out of Brook Park.

For several hours, Robinson would not respond to knocks at the door, police have said.

After numerous attempts to talk with Robinson or get him to open the door, the SWAT team entered and Robinson opened fire, police have said. Amherst police officer and SWAT team member Eugene Ptacek was wounded during the exchange.

Ptacek was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and underwent emergency surgery. He stayed in the hospital until late July. Ptacek has not returned to duty, but is expected to in 2019, Amherst police have said.

Robinson was taken to University Hospitals St. John Medical Center where he was treated for three gunshot wounds, police have said.

According to Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts, Robinson was arrested in 2017 in Brook Park after allegedly violating a protection order, driving while under the influence of alcohol, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and carrying concealed weapons.

Robinson is being held in Lorain County Jail on $2 million bond, according to court records.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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