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UPDATE: Officer's training helped thwart suspect's shooting attempt


CLINTON (WKOW) -- Authorities say an officer's training helped him render his service weapon harmless, after a suspect took the officer's gun away from him and tried to fire several shots at him.

Rock County Sheriff's commander Troy Knudson tells 27 News Clinton Police officer David Hooker's gun was taken away Thursday during a struggle with Terry Robinson of Clinton.

Knudson says during the struggle, Knudson was able to pull the slide mechanism of his Beretta handgun enough to prevent the weapon's firing pin from functioning.

"A lot of times in these situations, when there's this level of stress, you revert to your training," Knudson tells 27 News.

"Apparently, he was trained well in how to respond in a way, that in this case, was able to help him save his life."

Hooker has been with the Clinton Police Department since 2007, and was previously an officer with the Milton and DeForest police departments.

Knudson says Hooker went to Robinson's Clinton apartment Thursday at 6 p.m. after a 911 hang up call.

Knudson says Hooker's attempt to check on Robinson's welfare quickly became a life-and-death struggle.

Knudson tells 27 News both men had scratches and bruises, but no one was seriously hurt, and Hooker was arrested on the tentative charge of attempted first degree intentional homicide, and other charges. Authorities say the 58-year old Robinson is being evaluated, and has yet to be booked into the Rock County jail.


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A Clinton man could face attempted homicide charges in Rock County after police say he disarmed an officer and tried to shoot the officer at point blank range. 

Authorities say the officer was dispatched to a Clinton apartment Thursday evening because a 911 caller hung up. Clinton Police Cmdr. Troy Knudson says an "extensive" and "violent" struggle ensued between the responding officer and a man in the apartment. Knudson says the 58-year-old man disarmed the officer and tried to fire the duty weapon. 

Officials say the officer disabled the gun before a round was fired. Police say the man continued to struggle after backup officers arrived, but was eventually arrested. 

Knudson says there were no serious injuries to anyone involved, but the suspect was taken to a Beloit hospital for evaluation. 

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