Deputy forced to fatally shoot teen boy who stabbed the officer multiple times in unprovoked attack

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APPALACHIA, VA- A Wise County deputy remains hospitalized after being attacked and repeatedly stabbed by a teenager, who was fatally shot during the unprovoked attack. 

A spokesperson with Ballad Health stated that the officer involved in the altercation, identified as Rob Robinson, remains in stable condition. Wise County Sheriff Grant Kilgore also confirmed that Robinson was the deputy involved in the incident and corroborated Ballad Health’s assessment of his current condition. 

According to Virginia State Police, the lead agency investigating the incident, Robinson was stabbed multiple times while searching for two missing juveniles in the Dunbar community of Appalachia. As deputies and local police departments were in the area searching, Robinson saw a vehicle parked in some bushes with two people inside.

At the deputy’s direction, one of the individuals, a 16-year-old boy, exited the vehicle and an altercation ensued.

The teenager repeatedly stabbed the deputy, leading the deputy to shoot the subject, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The other individual, a female, was not injured.

The deputy was flown to the Johnson City Medical Center where he was treated for multiple stab wound injuries. The 16-year-old male and 13-year-old female were confirmed as the two juveniles who had been reported missing earlier in the day. 

Authorities stated that a knife was recovered at the scene and the teenage boy’s body was transported to the Officer of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and an autopsy.

Virginia State Police said that body camera footage from the deputy has been turned over to them as evidence in the investigation. 

Appalachia Mayor Chase Christian released a statement urging people to refrain from judgement until the investigation is complete. He said:

“Given the recent events, people will point fingers and make rumors; they will blame the officer and others will blame the young male. But, perhaps for a moment, people can use logical thinking and look into the past. Mentally unstable or just a bit different in the normal sense should never be ignored or accepted.”

The mayor added:

“As mayor of Appalachia, my prayers go out to all parties involved in today’s tragic events in the Dunbar community. May our officer make a fully recovery — a great father and defender of justice. May the families of the two teens find people and my God be with everyone.”

Members of the Dunbar and Appalachia communities have responded to the shooting and stabbing. Appalachia resident Dena Mawk said:

“It broke my heart. Robbie Robinson was a good deputy. He protects and serves everybody. He’s a really good person.”

Many were shocked that a tragedy like this could hit so close to home. Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton Chuck Slemp said:

“Wise County is a safe community. We don’t have incidents like this often, unfortunately, we’re seeing more and more across the country like this. This community it’s a sleepy, quiet spot. We don’t see things like this.”

Mayor Christian added:

“I do plan on doing something special for Officer Robinson. I think anytime an officer goes above and beyond the line of duty, he should be honored and show that we support policing in the community.”

Mawk stated:

“They protect and serve. I don’t think it’s right for what happened to the officers.”

Wise County Administrator Michael Hatfield stated that the family of Officer Robinson is getting a helping hand while he recovers. The family does not have to worry about making the more than an hour trip to and from Wise County to visit him at the hospital in Johnson City. Hatfield said:

“We have offered to house the family, the officer who’s been wounded in the Johnson City area so that they will have no out-of-pocket expenses.”

He added that everybody in Wise County is praying for them and hoping for a speedy recovery. He stated:

“We also know that there will be psychological issues and we pray that those will be taken care of also.”

He reminded people that law enforcement faces dangerous situations every day. He added:

“We often think of the mundane part of being a sheriff that they’re just driving around or, you know, looking for things to happen to date. They never know from minute to minute when they’re going to step out of the mundane into something that is really dangerous and that is what happened with this deputy.”

The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the teenage boy who was fatally shot has not yet been released. 

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Officer in critical condition after being stabbed during traffic stop – ‘Lost majority of his blood within minutes’

April 13th, 2021

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY – a Suffolk County police officer is reportedly in critical condition after having been stabbed during a traffic stop on the evening of April 10th.

Doctors say that the officer was literally minutes from losing his life due to the amount of blood loss the officer suffered during the incident.

The incident reportedly occurred within the Long Island village of Patchogue, when Officer Christopher Racciopo noticed that the driver of a Mercedes was operating their vehicle with the headlights off.

Officer Racciopo attempted to pull over the driver, who was later identified as 25-year-old Jonathan Nunez, but the driver reportedly fled from the officer and wound up crashing into another car. Following the collision, officials say that Nunez exited his vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot.

Officer Racciopo pursued the suspect on foot, which authorities say led to a physical struggle between the suspect and the officer. Authorities say that Nunez stabbed Officer Racciopo in the leg during the skirmish, reportedly rupturing a major artery in the officer’s leg.

Luckily for the officer, retired Marine Guillermo Sandoval happened to have witnessed this struggle play out and came to assist Officer Racciopo. Employing quick thinking that likely saved this officers life, Sandoval used his belt as tourniquet while awaiting on EMS to arrive.

Sandoval says that he’s praying for the officer’s recovery:

“I prayed for him last night and I wish him well. I hope that he recuperates as soon as possible. God bless him. God bless his family. And I give him a lot of credit for doing his job and going after the suspect.”

Stony Brook University Hospital’s Chief of Trauma Surgery, Dr. James Vosswinkel, said that the injury the officer suffered is life threatening and he likely would have bled to death in a period of 20 minutes.

Even with the immediate aid that Sandoval was able to provide, Officer Racciopo still lost a majority of the blood in his body and is reportedly unable to speak while being sedated at the hospital.  

While Dr. Vosswinkel hopes that Officer Racciopo recovers and will be able to use his injured leg again, he stated that he’s still in “medical shock” and is “not out of the woods yet.”

Following the stabbing of Officer Racciopo, additional officers that responded to the scene took Nunez into custody. Officials say that Nunez has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, driving while intoxicated, and resisting arrest.

An arraignment date for the suspect has not been detailed as of this writing.

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In other developing investigations involving wounded officers, two deputies were reportedly shot outside of a jail in Salt Lake County, Utah on April 10th. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – According to preliminary reports, two Salt Lake County Sheriff’s deputies have been hospitalized after they were reportedly shot just outside of the Salt Lake County Metro jail on April 10th.

From what officials have shared so far, there was a shootout between sheriff’s deputies and an unidentified subject outside of the Salt Lake County Metro jail during the afternoon of April 10th.

Salt Lake County Sheriff’s officials stated that the suspect reportedly involved in this shootout was killed during the exchanged fire.

It is currently believed that one deputy involved in this shootout was able to return fire. One of the injured deputies remains in stable condition despite having been shot in the face. 

However, the second deputy was initially noted as being in critical but stable condition after they were shot through the eye. Sheriff’s Office officials say that both deputies injured in the incident are expected to recover.

Sheriff Rosie Rivera noted that both of the deputies were part of some sort of campus security team that was patrolling the area when they had happened upon the suspect.

Apparently, the suspect was on the lawn of the sheriff’s office’s building, and then some sort of fight transpired.

The identity of the deceased suspect was later identified as as 31-year-old Joshua Michael Johnson. Investigators are still working to determine a possible motive behind this incident.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera identified the injured deputies as Deputy Joshua Buerke and Deputy Leland Grossett. 

Deputy Buerke was said to have already been released from the hospital after undoing treatment for a gunshot wound to the cheek. 

As for Deputy Grossett, he’s already underwent surgery for the gunshot wound in the eye, and officials say that he’s in stable condition and that he wound up not losing his eye from the sustained injury.

Sheriff Rivera said this incident is something one wouldn’t expect to occur during “a Saturday morning,” while noting the troubling circumstances: 

“It’s devastating when anybody in law enforcement is in a situation like this. For our sheriff’s office deputies and our employees, it’s something you don’t really expect would occur on a Saturday morning.”

This is a developing investigation.

Please follow law enforcement today as we continue to gather further insight into this incident.

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