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Former Raider Shot by Police

Robbins in Hospital, Could Be Charged

By Amy Shipley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 17, 2005; Page D10

MIAMI, Jan. 16 -- Former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot several times by a police officer who confronted him in an office above a South Beach nightclub Saturday night.

Robbins, the former Pro Bowl player who disappeared without explanation before Super Bowl XXXVII and has a history of odd behavior, faces possible charges of aggravated battery on a police officer and trespassing, Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said Sunday.

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Robbins is in custody and will be moved to the Miami-Dade County Jail when he is released from the hospital, Hernandez said.

Hernandez said Robbins "violently resisted" a member of the precinct's crime suppression team who was investigating a possible burglary. Hernandez said the detective and Robbins struggled before Robbins was shot several times in the torso.

"The subject violently resisted the officer," Hernandez said. "The officer felt like he was basically in the fight of his life. Unfortunately, Mr. Robbins was shot multiple times."

The officer, Detective Mike Muley, suffered a head injury in the scuffle and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. He was treated and released.

Muley encountered Robbins on the second floor of an office building that houses a smoothie shop, gym, jewelry store, cafe and the well-known nightclub Mansion, Hernandez said.

The building sits on a street three blocks from the ocean in the heart of South Beach's nightclub district.

The officer was placed on 72-hour administrative leave, a standard procedure in such cases, according to Hernandez. Detectives had not yet talked with Robbins, 31, about the incident because of his condition. He was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Hernandez said charges would not be filed until Robbins had been interviewed.

Robbins is perhaps best known for his unexplained disappearance on the eve of the 2003 Super Bowl against Tampa Bay in San Diego. His team lost, 48-21, and he was admitted to a hospital. He later admitted he had discontinued medication for depression and a bipolar disorder.

He also was arrested last month in San Francisco after striking a security guard at a nightclub.

This past summer, the Raiders released Robbins a week after he and two other players tested positive for the steroid THG, which is at the center of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) drug scandal.

Robbins spent his entire nine-year career with Oakland. He made the Pro Bowl after the 2002 season but did not play in the game.


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