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Ohio SWAT Officer Critically Wounded During Standoff

June 01, 2018  | 

Patrolman Eugene “JR” Ptacek of the Amherst (OH) Police Department was critically wounded during a standoff Friday. (Photo: Amherst PD) 
Patrolman Eugene “JR” Ptacek of the Amherst (OH) Police Department was critically wounded during a standoff Friday. (Photo: Amherst PD) 

An Amherst, OH, police officer was critically wounded in a shootout with a suspect during a standoff in Sheffield Lake Friday.

Martin Lynn Robinson, a former state correction officer, was wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for firearms violations.

The U.S. Marshals Service said it received information Thursday morning that Robinson was at his house on Oliver Street.

“Our team conducted surveillance and opted to have Lorain County SWAT officers make entry due to Robinson’s weapons history and his well-documented confrontational nature with local law enforcement,” said the U.S. Marshals Service Northern District of Ohio, in a news release on Friday. “The Lorain Division had also obtained information that Robinson had previously threatened law enforcement with the weapons he had in his house.”

Amherst police have identified the wounded officer as 17-year veteran Eugene “JR” Ptacek, who has been assigned to the Lorain County SWAT team for several years, Fox8 reports.

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