St. Paul cop hit in face by projectile during standoff

A St. Paul police officer was struck in the face by a projectile and injured during a two-hour standoff Friday afternoon. The officer's injuries are not life-threatening and the suspect was eventually taken into custody without incident, but the incident shook an 18-year police veteran and a rookie officer two weeks fresh on the job.

Police were performing a welfare check on a reportedly suicidal man at a duplex near Oakland Cemetery after his doctor had contacted authorities. St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Paulos said at a news conference police had conducted five checks on 53-year-old Robert Wood in the past year, and his fiancee said he has battled depression and mental illness for most of his life.

The call came in at about 2:15 p.m., the man apparently barricaded inside of the duplex at 43 Lyton Place. Wood came out with a knife in his hand, and then returned to the house, firing a pellet or a BB gun, hitting an 18-year veteran officer in the cheek.

The SWAT team was called in, and the incident was resolved by 4:30 p.m. when Wood was pulled out of the house, completely naked at the time, and loaded into a police vehicle and taken to the Ramsey County Jail for felony assault.

The officer hit in the face is being treated at Regions Hospital for non-life threatening injures.
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