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Man who shot, injured Amherst police officer during standoff in Sheffield Lake found guilty

Posted at 2:09 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 14:09:22-05

SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio — A jury has found the man who was accused of shooting and injuring an Amherst police officer during a standoff in May 2018 guilty on several charges.

Martin Robinson was found guilty on Friday of the following charges:

  • One count of attempted aggravated murder
  • Five counts of attempted murder
  • Seven counts of felonious assault
  • One count of firearm specifications

Prosecutors dismissed a felony firearm specification; tampering with evidence charge and reduced the felony firearm specification; inducing panic charge to a misdemeanor.

Officer Eugene Ptacek, a 17-year veteran of Amherst police, was shot when he responded to Robinson, who was barricaded near the corner of Ferndale Avenue and Howell Street in Sheffield Lake.

During the standoff, Robinson exchanged gunfire with officers.

Ptacek, who was shot during the standoff, was in critical condition in the hospital after the shooting and was later released in July 2018.

Martin was a former corrections officer who worked at the Northeast Reintegration Center in Cleveland.

Robinson will be sentenced on March 11 at 11 a.m.

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