MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Former pro football player Barret Robbins (search) was hospitalized Sunday after he was shot by a police officer investigating a burglary at a South Beach office, authorities said.
The one-time Pro Bowl center sustained "multiple gunshot wounds" in the torso Saturday night from Miami Beach police investigating a report of a robbery in the administrative office of a building that housed a nightclub, a gym and a jewelry store, police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said.
Robbins was inside the office and had a "violent struggle" with detectives before Detective Mike Muley shot the former Oakland Raiders (search) lineman, Hernandez said.
"The officer was literally fighting for his life, trying to get Mr. Robbins from getting his gun. That's when the shots rang out," Hernandez said.
Robbins, 31, was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Muley suffered minor head injuries in the scuffle and was treated at a hospital and released.
Hernandez said Robbins was considered a burglary suspect and was expected to face a charge of battery on a police officer. He said police were trying to determine whether Robbins would also face trespassing or burglary charges.
Robbins had not yet been charged in the case because authorities had not been able to interview him. "We just have to figure out what he was doing there," Hernandez said.
Robbins was arrested last month in San Francisco for hitting a security guard at a night club.
The often-troubled player is best remembered for disappearing the night before the 2003 Super Bowl (search) in San Diego. He spent Super Bowl Sunday in a hospital and later acknowledged that he had stopped taking his medicine for depression and bipolar disorder (search). The Raiders lost 48-21 to Tampa Bay.
Robbins was released by Oakland in July, a week after he and two other players were fined three game checks for testing positive for the steroid THG.