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Man shot by police out of hospital, in jail

March 21, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - More than three weeks after he was shot in the chest by a city police officer during an alleged break-in, a Martinsburg man was released from the hospital Monday and sent to jail.

Martinsburg Police executed a warrant charging William Lee "Billy" Robinson, 30, with three counts of assault of a police officer and one count of breaking and entering.

He appeared Monday morning before Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra Miller, who set bail at $200,000. Wednesday night, Robinson had yet to post bail and was being held at the Eastern Regional Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in front of Magistrate Harold E. Darlington on March 28.

In a description of the Feb. 23 incident on file in the court, police allege Robinson threatened three city police officers inside the Martinsburg Housing Authority office at Ambrose Towers, off Winchester Avenue.

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Wearing a white jacket with a hood pulled tightly over his face, Robinson retreated from a hallway into an office when officers arrived, according to court papers. He was crouched behind a desk and stood up with a 3-foot metal bar over his head after Officers John Sherman and Steve Urbanski entered the office, a written complaint alleges.

Robinson held the bar over his head "in a threatening manner" and refused repeated orders to drop the bar, police alleged in the court records. At one point he told officers, "You are going to have to kill me," and came toward them, they alleged in the complaint.

Sherman sprayed Robinson with pepper spray, but his hood protected his face, court papers said.

As Robinson came toward Sherman, Urbanski and Sgt. G.F. Macher, Sherman shot Robinson once in the chest, police said.

Robinson said he had his spleen and one of his kidneys removed because of his injury.

While in the hospital, Robinson married Brenda Kay Rogers, 32.

Robinson was the first of two men shot by local police in a span of less than three weeks.

The second man was Shimek Seabrook, 25, who was shot twice last week. He was listed in satisfactory condition at City Hospital Monday.

State troopers investigating a possible drug deal at Roberts Gardens, an apartment complex north of Martinsburg, said Seabrook and another man fired shots just as police arrived on the scene.

After a chase, Senior Trooper John Droppleman shot Seabrook as he tried to climbed out of a laundry room window, police said.

No charges had been filed against Seabrook as of Monday.

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