Jamestown Police: Homicide suspect in custody after overnight standoff

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Six days after police say Keith Robbins shot and killed his wife in a church parking lot, officers closed in around their suspect early Tuesday morning.

Robbins was taken into custody after police say he barricaded himself inside a home on Todd Avenue overnight. Police say they got a tip before midnight that Robbins was in his father’s home. Officers searched the house and found Robbins hiding in the attic. During a news conference, police said Robbins stabbed their canine, Mitchell, in the throat. The dog was rushed into emergency surgery and is expected to be okay.

Officers spent hours negotiating with Robbins before he was eventually taken into custody around 6 a.m. Tuesday. He had a self-inflicted stab wound to his chest and is currently being treated.


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Police said Keith Robbins, 36, shot and killed his wife, Shari, in the lot that’s used for overflow parking of Heritage Park, the rehabilitation and skilled nursing center less than a block away. Shari Robbins worked at Heritage Park.

The pastor of the church told News 4 his secretary heard a gun shot around 9 a.m. Thursday morning and came outside to see Keith Robbins running from the scene with a gun in his hand.

Police scoured the area for any sign of the man, who they said was considered armed and dangerous.

Jamestown schools were put on lockdown for a time on Thursday while the manhunt continued. It was lifted by the normal dismissal time Thursday.

Police executed a search warrant on the Robbins home on Thursday, but did not catch Keith Robbins there. Police also searched the house on Todd Avenue that day, but found no sign of Robbins in that house.

Police say they believe Robbins left the area, and had help from someone else, before returning to his father’s house recently.

A tip led police to search the house on Todd Avenue again late Monday night, where the situation with the barricaded suspect unfolded.

Prosecutors say Robbins will be charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Assault on a Police Officer, and could face 25 years to life in prison if he’s convicted.

At this point, it is not clear when he will be arraigned on those charges. Prosecutors say they are still investigating.

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