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Jamestown homicide suspect stabbed police dog, himself before surrendering

JAMESTOWN – A homicide suspect police have been searching for since last week stabbed a police K-9 and himself before giving up after a six-hour standoff early Tuesday.

Keith L. Robbins surrendered to police shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday after he barricaded himself in his father's home on Todd Avenue, Jamestown police said.

Police believe Robbins, 36, fatally shot his estranged wife, Shari J. Robbins, last Thursday.

Police received a tip shortly after 11 p.m. Monday night and were given permission to search a home on Todd Avenue where Robbins' father and another person lived, said Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings.

Police entered the home and made their way up to the attic. That is where a K-9, Mitchell, encountered Keith Robbins, who stabbed the dog, Snelling said.

At the time Keith Robbins gave up, he had a self-inflicted stab wound to the upper chest, Snellings said.

He was taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown where he was being treated. His condition was not immediately known.

The police dog was rushed into surgery and it appears the animal will be OK, according to the chief.

Shari J. Robbins was fatally shot at about 9 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of New Creation Assembly of God Church on Prospect Street.

There was an active order of protection Shari Robbins had against Keith Robbins, authorities said. It was a "no contact" order, which is different from a "stay away" order. A "no contact" order essentially bars a person from "breaking the law" against the victim, authorities said.

Keith Robbins has not been charged, and authorities are continuing to investigate. They said they believe Keith Robbins had help hiding from authorities since Thursday, but did not release any further details.

Police said Robbins' father, who is cooperating with investigators, was not home at the time of the standoff, nor was the person who granted police permission to enter, Snellings said.

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