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Lorain County SWAT officer sues shooter


ELYRIA — A police officer who was shot during a standoff while trying to serve an arrest warrant has filed a lawsuit against the man convicted of shooting him.

Eugene “J.R.” Ptacek filed a lawsuit against Martin Robinson in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, according to court documents.

Earlier this year, Robinson, 40, of Sheffield Lake, was found guilty of multiple counts of attempted murder and felonious assault in connection with a shootout May 31 at his home during a standoff in which U.S. Marshals and the Lorain County SWAT Team were trying to serve an arrest warrant out of Cuyahoga County.

Testimony in the trial said Robinson fired a 20-gauge shotgun and struck Ptacek, an Amherst police officer and SWAT member, nearly killing him. Robinson was sentenced to 55 years in prison; he said during sentencing that he had no remorse for his actions.

Ptacek suffered severe injuries from the gunshot fired by Robinson, was hospitalized for 31 days and then was in inpatient rehabilitation for several more weeks, according to the suit.

“To date, J.R. has undergone five surgeries related to the gunshot injuries,” the suit said. “He has permanent substantially disfiguring internal and external scarring, and gunshot fragments remain in his abdomen. J.R. suffers from neuropathic pain in his leg and walks with a limp. He has been unable to return to his patrolman duties.”

The suit alleges Robinson “intentionally, maliciously and unlawfully threatened Plaintiff with physical harm and violence against his person.” Ptacek also suffered intense infliction of emotional distress, the suit said. The suit also asks for civil recovery for a criminal act.

The lawsuit asks for an indeterminate sum of money from Robinson, asking for an amount “in excess of $25,000 on each of the three counts.

Testimony in the criminal trial stated that Robinson was awarded a $900,000 settlement as a result of a violent assault he suffered at the hands of four Cleveland police officers in 2009 while Robinson was working for the state prison system as a corrections officer.

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

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