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UPDATE: Man allegedly hits home confinement officer, leads authorities on chase that ends in standoff

Sheriff Woodyard and Chief Elliott on I-77 incident
Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 4:34 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE 1/28/2022 11:30 P.M.

A Parkersburg man is in custody after he allegedly fled home confinement officers, hit one in the process, and led authorities on a chase that ended in a standoff near Lower Salem Friday afternoon.

Wood County Sheriff Rick Woodyard and Parkersburg Police Chief Scott Elliott say the chase began as officers tried to serve a revocation order to Martin Riley Robinson around 3:25 p.m. Friday on Pickering Street in Parkersburg. Woodyard says Robinson was on home confinement for charges related to a sexual assault, pending trial. The officers tried to arrest Robinson, but he ran. Authorities say he got into a Jeep SUV and hit Director of Confinement Operations Gary Deem with his car. Deem fired a single shot at him and it hit the passenger side of the car, but no one was hurt.

A formal pursuit then started with the Wood County Sheriff and Parkersburg Police. The pursuit led authorities onto Interstate 77 and crossed state lines into Ohio. That’s when the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Washington County Sheriff’s Office got involved.

At mile marker 6, troopers used stop sticks, which authorities say caused Robinson to lose control. The car ended up off of the roadway.

Woodyard and Elliot say Robinson then refused to get out of the car. Negotiators worked for an hour trying to get him to come out.

Woodyard says Robinson “disconnected” from negotiators and at that time, a joint decision was made to have the SWAT team move in to remove him using non-lethal devices. They were successful in doing so.

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Robinson was taken into custody and then to a medical facility. Police say he has a not-life threatening cut on his neck, though they weren’t sure how he was injured as of Friday night. He is being held at the Washington County Jail on multiple felony charges.

Martin Robinson
Martin Robinson(Washington County Jail)

In West Virginia, Woodyard says Robinson is charged with attempted malicious assault of a government official and fleeing with reckless indifference. Other charges are pending in West Virginia.

Woodyard says Deem was taken to a hospital to be checked out, but he is not seriously injured.

Elliott says Parkersburg Police Captain Matthew Board performed negotiations on the scene. PPD is also handling the initial crime scene where Deem was struck.

At some point during Friday’s events, a Parkersburg Police cruiser caught on fire on the interstate. Elliott believes it happened because of a mechanical malfunction. He says the car is completely totaled.

The interstate was closed in both directions by the Ohio Department of Transportation while the incident unfolded.

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

UPDATE 1/28/2022 6:00 P.M.

Parkersburg Police Chief Scott Elliott says authorities are going to make a joint statement about the incident on Interstate 77 from Friday afternoon around 6:45 p.m. Friday evening.

WTAP will have a reporter there and will keep you updated as we learn more.

There’s a heavy police presence on Interstate 77 near Lower Salem in Washington County.

Authorities haven’t been able to provide many details, but WTAP has a reporter on the scene who has seen around 20 police cruisers.

An armored car has arrived on the scene near Lower Salem.
An armored car has arrived on the scene near Lower Salem.(Kheron Alston)

He also says there’s a car on fire.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has closed I-77 in both directions.

This is a developing story. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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