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Officer shot released from hospital, taken to rehabilitation center

Flatwoods Officer, Tom Robinson, has been released from the hospital and is now in a...
Flatwoods Officer, Tom Robinson, has been released from the hospital and is now in a rehabilitation center.(Flatwoods Police Department)
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 1:49 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - An officer shot while responding to a 911 call has been released from the hospital and is now in a rehabilitation center to further his recovery.

Flatwoods Officer Tom Robinson was shot in the 100 block of East Street in Flatwoods while responding to a 911 call of a suspicious person.

Officer Robinson sustained a severe injury to his neck.

“He is progressing very well, but it will still be a long road,” said Chief David Smith of the Flatwoods Police Department.

A few hours after the shooting, Jonathan Smithers, 41, of Catlettsburg was arrested after he was spotted by a Kentucky State Trooper near a Dollar General store.

Officer Robinson underwent several surgeries and was on a ventilator at one point of his hospital stay.

Smithers is facing attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree assault (domestic violence), and 10 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor under age 12.

Jonathan Smithers was arrested Monday morning after an incident where an officer was shot,...
Jonathan Smithers was arrested Monday morning after an incident where an officer was shot, officials say.(Boyd County Detention Center)

A pre-trial date has been set for June 16. Smithers is in the Boyd County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond.

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