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Martinsburg officer cleared in shooting

February 28, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Police Department has found that Officer John Sherman acted properly when he shot a burglary suspect on Wednesday.

Sherman "followed proper guidelines relative to the 'continuum of force,'" Police Chief Ted Anderson said in a press release.

William Lee "Billy" Robinson, 30, of 708 W. King St., Martinsburg, was shot once in the chest inside Berkeley County Housing Authority's office by an officer responding to a report of a break-in there, police said.

The office is at Ambrose Towers on Porter Avenue, near Winchester Avenue.

Police alleged the man threatened Sherman and Officer Steve Urbanski with a 3-foot metal bar and came at them. Sherman shot Robinson once in the chest, police said.

Robinson remained in City Hospital Monday, where he was listed in satisfactory condition. City police were standing guard outside his room.

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Anderson asked the State Police to handle the assault and weapon part of the investigation because a city police officer was involved.

The Romney station is doing the investigation because Sgt. George Bradshaw at the Martinsburg station has a son on the Martinsburg police force who worked on the burglary case, according to Bradshaw.

Sherman was placed on administrative leave for two days, which is standard procedure after an officer is involved in a shooting, according to Anderson. Those two days coincided with his days off, and Sherman was back to work on Saturday, police said.

On the day he was shot, Robinson had been in Magistrate Court to face charges in a Jan. 2 break-in.

He had been charged with breaking and entering and stealing cigarettes and beer from the Handi Shopper convenience store on U.S. 11 North, near exit 23 of I-81.

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