Clinton man accused of trying to shoot officer bound over for trial

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Gina Duwe
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

JANESVILLE--A Clinton man told a detective he panicked under stress and was sorry he took a police officer's gun and attempted to kill the officer, according to testimony Tuesday in Rock County Court

Terrance P. Robinson, 59, of 703 Carol St., Apt. K, Clinton, said he was under financial stress and cracked in the pressure, Robinson told Rock County Sheriff’s Detective Richard Kamholz during a hospital room interview.

Kamholz testified Tuesday during a preliminary hearing.

After hearing testimony, Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer bound Robinson over for trial and set his arraignment for Aug. 20 on charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, disarming a peace officer and battery to a law enforcement officer.

Robinson is accused of taking Clinton police officer Dave Hooker's gun from him during a struggle, then pointing the gun at Hooker's chest and pulling the trigger six to eight times, according to court documents.

Hooker kept the gun from firing by pushing back the weapon's slide, police said.

Hooker had been responding to a welfare check at the residence after a 911 hang-up call, authorities said. When Hooker arrived, Robinson's wife said he was “threatening to kill himself and everyone else,” according to the criminal complaint.

 Robinson appeared in court Tuesday in an orange Rock County Jail jumpsuit and exchanged statements of “I love you” with his wife as he left the courtroom.

District Attorney David O'Leary questioned Kamholz—the only person to testify Tuesday—about his interview with Robinson in the emergency room at Beloit Memorial Hospital after the May 16 incident in Robinson's apartment.

Kamholz said Robinson told him he was wrong and sorry but would not give specifics about his encounter with Hooker.

“He was the only one working, there were a lot of bills. They were running behind,” Kamholz recalled Robinson saying. “He was trying to catch up with the bills or figure out how they were going to pay for all of the bills.”

A doctor found Robinson competent to stand trial during a hearing last week after he spent more than two months on a mental health hold, at least part of that time at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison.

Robinson remains locked in the Rock County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

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