A Richmond County deputy who was stabbed after responding to a domestic dispute last month is preparing to return to full-time duty.
Sgt. Christopher Masters was cut in the upper-right arm while responding to the incident at Meadowbrook and Dahlia drives Jan. 19. He received several stitches and was grateful to return to work the Monday following the incident.
Masters has been working part-time since his injury but is expected to return to full duty in March.
“I’m healing but the job has to continue, it doesn’t stop,” he said. “I’m thankful to be here and thankful that I had people that were with me that night who were very experienced. I was truly blessed as far as that goes.”.
The incident was the first time that the deputy, a 10-year veteran who works in community service, had been injured on duty.
Masters had completed an area check at a nearby park on Meadowbrook Drive when he spotted a group in a yard and “police lights.” Deputies told him that a man had walked away from the scene.
When he reached the man, Masters was stabbed.
Robert James Robinson III, of the 2900 block of Dahlia Drive, was arrested and is being charged with three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. The 37-year-old also had an outstanding State Court bench warrant.
“I’ve been in altercations before, plenty of those, but none as in that,” Masters said earlier this week. “It happened really fast.”
He credited his quick response to the agency’s training.
“If somebody has ill will, you obviously can’t do anything about that, but the repetition of training and practice always helps,” he said. “And we do that here a good bit.”