Domestic violence call escalates into hours long stand-off in Lawrenceburg


Gary Robinson (Photo: Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department)

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LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. –  An investigation into a domestic disturbance call on October 22, escalated into a stand-off between the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and a suspect barricaded in a residence.

Deputies were initially called to a residence on Lillie Lane in Lawrenceburg to investigate after the resident claimed his brother assaulted him with a sledge-hammer.

Deputies summoned EMS to treat the victim and attempted to make contact with Gary Robinson at his home.  Deputies say that when they met Robinson at the front door of his home, he refused to speak with them and attempted to shut the door.

When authorities attempted to make entry, Robinson allegedly fired a shot through the door narrowly missing the deputies, who immediately took cover and called for back-up.

Three children were in the home at the time of the altercation and deputies were able to escort them to safety after they came out of the residence on their own.

Authorities say Robinson remained barricaded inside his home for several hours while officers with  the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol attempted to negotiate.

After several hours of failed negotiations, THP dispatched the Special Operations Unit who were able to deploy tactics that forced Robinson to surrender on the front porch.

Robinson is charged with two counts of attempted murder and is being held without bond.

Authorities say one deputy was injured during the altercation and was treated and released from the hospital.