Police: Man accused of stabbing Nolensville officer 4 times

Robert Goins (Courtesy: Nolensville Police Department)

NOLENSVILLE, Tenn.(WKRN) – A Nolensville police officer returned to the job Tuesday after being stabbed four times by a man last week.

Robert Goins (Courtesy: Nolensville Police Department)
Robert Goins (Courtesy: Nolensville Police Department)

Thankfully, Officer David Hazlett had on a protective vest and was not seriously injured.

It all started with a welfare check last Thursday morning around 9 a.m. when Officer Hazlett and Chief Troy Huffines were called to Two-Way Stop market.

Callers reported the man had been in the parking lot since 6:30 a.m., just staring blankly into space.

Police told News 2 when the officers approached, 48-year-old Robert Goins took off, heading south on Nolensville Road through the historic district.

Officer David Hazlett (Courtesy: Nolensville Police Department)
Officer David Hazlett (Courtesy: Nolensville Police Department)

Dash cam footage shows Goins swerving over the double yellow lines several times and later pulling into his own driveway.

Once out of his car, Goins is accused of rushing toward Officer Hazlett’s police car with a steak knife in his right hand.

Video doesn’t show what happened next, but Chief Huffines told News 2 Goins stabbed the officer four times.

The 54-year-old father-of-two was wearing a bulletproof vest, which deflected the stabs.

Goins reportedly back down his driveway as more officers arrived. Chief Huffines said the other officers tried to use a Taser on Goins, but the windy conditions proved it ineffective.

“He [was] screaming incoherently; we could not really understand him,” Huffines said.

Robert Goins (Courtesy: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Goins (Courtesy: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office)

The man was then subdued with pepper spray before being taken into custody.

Goins was reportedly apologetic upon his arrest but the reason behind his behavior remains unknown. However, Chief Huffines said Goins was off his medication.

“Almost watching one of my officers lose his life… it was hard to watch that,” Huffines said, watching the dash cam video with News 2.

Goins remains in the Williamson County jail on $115,500 bond. He’s charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest and driving on a suspended license.

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