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Chesterfield man accused of trying to kill three police officers

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A Chesterfield man is charged with three counts of attempted murder on a police officer, among other charges, in connection with a police-involved shooting Sunday.

Robert J. Murphy, 52, also faces three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and one count of brandishing a firearm in relation to the Sunday night shooting.

Chesterfield police say Murphy pointed a pistol at his wife and later at police, leading to an officer-involved shooting.  

Robert Murphy is still in the hospital recovering from being shot several times by police.

Neighbors on Pocono Drive in Chesterfield say the quarrel started at his home, that the wife got nervous when he started waiving a pistol at her. A source says Robert Murphy's wife went running to a neighbor's house crying for help in her nightgown and slippers, saying Murphy was threatening to shoot her with a pistol.

Neighbors say police swarmed the neighborhood, Murphy came out of the home waving a pistol, and police warned him several times to put it down, before firing.

Neighbors say it's not the first time police have been at the home.

"I know that police have stopped by their home before because of domestic situations," said neighbor Betsy Baumeier. "It wasn't surprising that the police were there. It was surprising that there was a shootout."

Police have been called to the 400 block of Pocono Drive five times in the last year. We also uncovered court documents where Murphy was sentenced for drunk driving.

Police say the four officers involved in firing weapons are on administrative assignment right now. That means they're mostly doing desk work until an internal investigation is done.

Murphy is expected to be charged when he gets out of the hospital.

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