Shooter apprehended in Front Royal
The Warren SentinelFRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal man was arrested Wednesday after police responded to a call about shots fired in the area of West 15th St.
John Robinson, 59, of West 15th St., was charged with discharge of a firearm within town limits and reckless handling of a firearm after officers responded to a call around 10 a.m. about shots fired from his home.
Captain Mark Werner of the Front Royal Police Department said police set up a perimeter around the suspect's house and a hostage negotiator convinced Robinson in a phone call to surrender.
“It was a very short phone call, probably about three minutes,” Werner said.
No one was injured in the incident.
Robinson was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation. Werner said the evaluation would determine where Robinson would go from there, but that he would be charged.
Police conducted a safety sweep of the house to make sure no one else was inside after Robinson surrendered. Werner said police were in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the home on Wednesday afternoon.
He did not know what kind of gun Robinson used to fire the shots.
Robinson was found guilty on a misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm in Warren County in 1973.