Loyal man fatally shot by police after stand-off

The Loyal man who was shot and killed by police after a nearly 12-hour stand-off in the city last week had been denied a request to buy a handgun at least eight times in 2017 and 2018, and had been ordered earlier this summer by a Taylor County judge to surrender all of his firearms to authorities. Still, 77-year-old Robert Domine had at least one weapon and fired it at police before he was fatally shot by officers in his home at 107 E. Mill St. in the early morning hours of Sept. 13.
A family member of Domine said the incident that took his uncle’s life was the latest in a series of issues related to Domine’s long battle with schizophrenia. Domine’s mental health condition had been under control until his medication was stopped, said nephew Randy Domine of Loyal, and his stability declined in recent months. Robert Domine was out of touch with reality and determined to buy a weapon, said his nephew, and had deteriorated to the point where a tragic ending was inevitable. Randy Domine said when he first heard that his uncle was holed up in his home and confronting police, “I knew it wasn’t gonna end good.”
A series of events connected to Domine’s attempts to buy a handgun led to the armed standoff that began about 2 p.m. on Sept. 12. Domine had failed to appear in Taylor County Circuit Court for an Aug. 20 hearing on a misdemeanor charge of giving false information for a handgun transfer, and a warrant had been issued for his arrest on Aug. 21. Loyal police noticed Domine in Loyal on Sept. 12, and knowing there was a warrant out for his apprehension, attempted to make a traffic stop.

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