Man pleads not guilty to attempted shooting of officer

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Nico Savidge
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

JANESVILLE—A Clinton man pleaded not guilty due to mental disease or defect on Tuesday to charges stemming from a May incident in which authorities say he tried to shoot a police officer with his own gun.

Rock County prosecutors have charged Terrance P. Robinson, 59, with attempted first-degree murder, disarming a police officer and battery to law enforcement.

Robinson wrestled away Clinton Police Officer Dave Hooker's service weapon during a struggle at Robinson's apartment on May 16 and tried to shoot Hooker with the gun several times, according to court documents.

Hooker kept the gun from firing by pushing back the weapon’s slide.

Hooker had been responding to a welfare check at the residence after a 911 hang-up call.

When Hooker arrived, Robinson’s wife said he was “threatening to kill himself and everyone else,” according to the criminal complaint. At one point he tried to choke himself with an electrical cord.

He spent more than two months at a mental health facility after the attempted shooting, although a doctor told the court he is competent to stand trial.

Robinson will next appear in court for a status conference on Friday.

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