Multiple Shots Fired In Nine-Hour Standoff


After more than a nine-hour standoff and almost two-dozen shots fired at officers, a 52-year-old Payson man was arrested Sunday afternoon after officers subdued him with a Taser, authorities said.

Michael Gene Robinson was arrested and charged with four counts of attempted homicide on a police officer after reportedly firing 20 shots from his home in the 2700 block of W. Nicholas Drive, said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

No officers were injured.

The incident started around 2 a.m. Sunday, when a person inside Robinson’s home called police saying Robinson was upset, had a weapon and was out of control.

Several family members fled the home safely before officers arrived. By the time officers arrived, they could hear glass breaking, yelling and gunshots coming from inside, Engler said.

Officers attempted to get Robinson out of the home, but he refused and during the next nine hours, two negotiators with the help of another officer and SWAT team members attempted to talk Robinson out of the home. Sometime during the standoff, a 9-year-old was released uninjured.

Police estimate 20 shots were fired from a variety of weapons during the standoff.

According to a press release, several of the gunshots struck near officers, but none were injured in the confrontation.

Around noon Sunday, Robinson came out the front door.

“Robinson remained uncooperative with officers and it was necessary for a Taser to be deployed in order to take him into custody,” Engler said.

During a search of Robinson’s home after the standoff, officers found a large amount of ammunition and guns.

Residents near Robinson’s home were evacuated during the standoff. No one was injured.

Read more about the standoff in Tuesday’s Roundup.


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