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SWAT Team officer shot during standoff (VIDEO/UPDATED)

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    Officers respond to a standoff on Oliver Rd., in Sheffield Lake, on Thursday, May 31.

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    Officers respond to a standoff on Oliver Road in Sheffield Lake, on Thursday, May 31.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Sheffield Lake residents watch as officers respond to a standoff on Oliver Rd., in Sheffield Lake, on Thursday, May 31.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Officers respond to a standoff on Oliver Rd., in Sheffield Lake, on Thursday, May 31.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — A Lorain County SWAT team member was wounded by gunfire Thursday night in an exchange of bullets with an armed man wanted out of Cuyahoga County.

Sheffield Lake police Chief Tony Campo said the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force along with the Lorain County SWAT team attempted Thursday to serve a felony arrest warrant on a man, later identified as Martin L. Robinson, 39, of 778 Oliver St.

Robinson was wanted in connection with a Brook Park crime in October.

Robinson barricaded himself inside the home on Oliver Street near Ferndale Avenue.

For several hours, Robinson would not respond to knocks at the door, Campo said, adding that officers began staging at the home shortly after 10 a.m., with a negotiator coming to the area about 5 p.m.

After numerous attempts to talk with Robinson or get him to open the door, the SWAT team entered and Robinson opened fire, Campo said.

A SWAT officer was shot, Campo said.

“But he is going to be OK,” he said. “We don’t know the suspect’s condition.”

Sheffield Lake Patrolman Jim Simone confirmed Robinson had been shot during the exchange.

Lorain County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh also confirmed that the officer was shot, but he was alive when Life Flight flew him to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

The officer, who has not been identified, reportedly suffered several gunshots wounds and was taken into emergency surgery at the trauma center, according to Simone.

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

Sheffield Lake resident Kathy Caple lives at the corner of Warwick Drive and Ferndale Avenue, which is about four blocks away from the shooting.

“I never heard so many bullets go off in my life,” she said.

At 10:45 p.m., Caple said she heard negotiators using a megaphone trying to have the suspect exit the home.

“I heard them trying to talk,” she said. “I guess they are trying to get him out.”

According to Simone, Robinson had called 911 to surrender, but would only do so to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

“He wants to surrender to highway patrol,” he said. “If you’re a guy that shoots at a policeman, you’re not negotiating with us.”

Robinson was taken into custody shortly before 12:30 a.m. today. He was taken to University Hospitals St. John Medical Center for treatment for three bullet wounds, Simone said.

Contact Carissa Woytach at 329-7425 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com. Lisa Roberson and Melissa Linebrink contributed to this story. Melissa can be reached at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.


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