Charges filed against Clinton man accused of disarming cop

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Nico Savidge
Monday, July 22, 2013

JANESVILLE—A Clinton man attempted suicide and threatened to kill everyone in his home before taking a police officer's gun and trying to shoot him with it in May, according to court documents.
Terrance P. Robinson, 59, of 703 Carol St., Apt. K, Clinton, is accused of disarming a Clinton police officer and pulling the trigger with the gun pointed at the officer's chest on May 16.
Robinson had been at a mental health facility for nearly two months after the incident, authorities said, which kept charges against him on hold until earlier this month.
Prosecutors have charged him with attempted murder, disarming a peace officer and battery to a peace officer, court records show.
The incident began when Hooker was called to Robinson's apartment for 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 a complaint.
Robinson begged Hooker to shoot him and wrapped the cord of an alarm clock around his neck to strangle himself as Hooker went to arrest him inside the apartment, authorities said.
Robinson then started reaching for Hooker's gun, and as Hooker fell against a wall during a scuffle, Robinson was able to take it, according to the complaint.
With the barrel of the loaded gun pointed “approximately one inch from the center of Officer Hooker's chest,” authorities said, Hooker noticed Robinson trying to pull the trigger.
Hooker grabbed the back of the gun with both hands, pushing the slide on top of it back far enough to keep it from firing, according to the complaint.
He could hear the trigger being pulled “six to eight times” as Robinson laughed and told Hooker he was going to die, authorities said.
Hooker eventually got the gun away from Robinson, throwing the weapon, magazine and a round from the chamber in three directions around the apartment, according to the complaint.
Two more officers eventually got to the apartment and helped take Robinson into custody, authorities said.
Robinson was placed on a mental health hold after the incident, authorities said, and online records show the court ordered a competency evaluation for him at an initial appearance July 12.
Robinson made that court appearance from the Mendota Mental Health Facility in Madison, according to court records.
Now free on a $10,000 cash bond, Robinson is next due in court for an adjourned initial appearance July 29.

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