Ex-NFL Player Robbins Charged with Attempted Murder
Thu Jan 20, 2005

MIAMI (Reuters) - Former pro football player Barret Robbins was charged with trying to murder three police officers during a violent struggle that continued even after he was shot twice in the torso, Miami Beach police said Thursday.
The former Oakland Raiders center, who has a history of bipolar disorder, "was heard laughing throughout the attack," the police report said.

Robbins is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 380 pounds, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a break-in Saturday night and found him hiding in a women's bathroom above a Miami Beach pub.

Robbins spun around and began kicking and punching one of the officers, beating him to the ground, then picked up another and slammed him into the walls, the report said.

Robbins turned back to the first officer and grabbed violently at his midsection, apparently trying to take his gun, the report said. The third officer, Detective Michael Muley, pointed his gun at Robbins and threatened to shoot him.

Robbins grabbed Muley's entire face with one hand, pushed him into a corner then grabbed his arms "and began to snarl and growl at him," the report said.

Fearing for his life, Muley pulled his arm away and shot Robbins twice, the report said. Shot in the heart and the lung, Robbins dropped to his knees, still snarling and growling, then slapped the gun out of Muley's hand and drove him to the ground, the officers said.

Robbins eventually sat down on the floor and gave up, the report said. He was still in critical condition at a Miami hospital Thursday.

Muley suffered a concussion and was released after hospital treatment, police said.

Robbins, 31, was charged Wednesday with three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, attempting to deprive an officer of his weapon, resisting arrest with violence and trespassing.

His attorney told local news media that Robbins had a mental breakdown and that the case appeared to be one of "blatant insanity."

Robbins was cut from the Raiders last year after failing to pass a physical and had struggled with mental illness and alcoholism.