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Investigation continues into Sheffield Lake standoff


ELYRIA — The investigation into a Sheffield Lake standoff in May is ongoing.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said the department should be ready to speak with assistant county prosecutors Monday about the findings of their investigation into Martin L. Robinson, 40, who is accused of opening fire on law enforcement officers, leaving one officer in critical condition.

“We’re going to be walking through the process of presenting to the grand jury, but this is still ongoing,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot done, but this investigation involved talking to a lot of people.”

Robinson, of 778 Oliver St., was taken into custody about 12:30 a.m. June 1 after exchanging gunfire with members of the Lorain County SWAT team, wounding Amherst police Officer and SWAT team member Eugene Ptacek.

Ptacek is a 17-year veteran of the department and has served on the countywide SWAT team for several years, according to a news release from Amherst police.

Sheffield Lake Police Chief Tony Campo said the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Robinson for a pending case out of Brook Park when he barricaded himself in his home.

Costantino said since his department was not involved in the incident, his officers are investigating it.

“We had to interview every officer that was involved, so that means the entire county SWAT team,” he said. “And that’s a multijurisdictional team, so that involved a lot of people. There was also the U.S. marshals and since they aren’t necessarily in Lorain County that involved some work as well. The whole thing was very labor-intensive.”

Robinson is being held at Cuyahoga County Jail in connection with a Brook Park incident in October. He was wanted on a capias warrant for not appearing in court on charges following a traffic stop.

Police pulled over Robinson for allegedly speeding shortly before 3 a.m. Oct. 31 and said he was under the influence.

A search of the vehicle produced a handgun and magazine in the glove compartment of the vehicle, police said. He also was found to be in violation of a protection order, which he was charged with in addition to speeding, operating a vehicle under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon.

The case was bound over to the county grand jury, where he was indicted on additional charges of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. He failed to appear May 7, forfeiting his $10,000 cash bond, and the warrant was issued for his arrest.

Amherst Police Chief Joseph Kucirek said Ptacek is in recovery from the shooting and no further updates were available.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Find her on Facebook and Twitter @KatieHNix.

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