Clinton officer recovering after attack
Struggle described as violent, extensive
JANESVILLE, Wis. — A 58-year-old Clinton man was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree homicide after authorities said he disarmed the Clinton cop and attempted to shoot the officer at point-blank range with the officer’s duty weapon.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Department said on Thursday at 6 p.m., the Rock County Communications Center received an abandoned 911 call at 703 Carol St., Apartment K, in Clinton, Wis.
Police said Officer Dave Hooker was dispatched to follow up.
Cmdr.Troy Knudson with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said shortly after Hooker arrived on scene, the officer reported that Robinson, the resident at the apartment, attacked him.
Officer Hooker was unable to quickly control the suspect and called for help, the report said.
Knudson said an “extensive” and “violent” struggle ensued, during which Robinson disarmed Hooker. The sheriff’s department said Robinson attempted to fire the weapon at point blank range.
Hooker was able to disable the firearm before a round was discharged, the report said. Shortly thereafter, an off-duty Beloit police officer who was nearby at the time of the call arrived on scene, followed by deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and on-duty officers from Beloit, Knudson said. The sheriff’s department said Robinson continued to struggle but was taken into custody.
Neither the officer or suspect received serious injuries, however, Robinson was taken to the Beloit Memorial Hospital for evaluation, the report said.
Robinson was arrested for attempted first-degree intentional homicide, battery to a police officer and disarming an officer.
Knudson said detectives from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.
According to a release from the Clinton Police Department the officer has declined to speak about the incident and is asking for privacy as he recovers.