December 26, 2013

Two officers injured in struggle with suspect

Two officers were treated at the hospital for injuries they sustained after a suspect fled from them, then fought them as he was being arrested Wednesday.

Sgt. Evan Calhoun was in the area of Indies Drive on Ramrod Key at 5:30 a.m. investigating a burglary to a vehicle when he attempted a traffic stop on a white Ford F150 truck. The truck failed to stop, instead speeding down Indies Drive and crashing into mangroves at the end of the road. The suspect, later identified as 24 year old Corey Robinson of Ramrod Key, fled into the mangroves.

Deputy Josh Gordon arrived to back up Sgt. Calhoun. The two chased Robinson, ordering him to stop. Robinson threatened to kill the officers several times, telling them he had a gun and reaching behind his back, as if reaching for a weapon.

Deputy Gordon and Sgt. Calhoun both tased Robinson with no effect. Deputy Gordon also used his pepper spray, which did not subdue Robinson either. They struggled with him, attempting to take him into custody. Robinson punched both officers repeatedly. Deputies Joe Moran and Todd Jones arrived to assist and Robinson was finally taken into custody and taken to jail.

Deputy Gordon and Sgt. Calhoun were both taken to the hospital where they were treated for injuries sustained during the struggle.

Further investigation revealed the truck driven by Robinson was stolen. Inside the truck were a number of items stolen from a vehicle burglary in the vicinity earlier that morning.

Robinson was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. More charges are pending on the related cases involving the stolen vehicle and the vehicle burglary.

Detectives are continuing to investigate.

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