Arrest Made for Attempted Assault 1st Degree

On February 24th 2019 Dothan Police responded to Walton Park Recreation Center for a report of gunshots. Witnesses stated that a fight started between two black males in the gym that carried over into the parking lot. Gunshots were exchanged in the parking lot and all individuals involved fled the scene.

One person was injured during the incident and is in stable condition with a non life threatening gun shot wound to his  right shoulder. He is awaiting surgery at a local hospital.

Police were able to identify all individuals involved in the shooting. Tristan Van’Dexter Thomas-Forsythe (23) of Dothan was arrested and charged with Attempted Assault 1st Degree for his involvement in the incident. He has a $30,000.00 bond. The incident is still under investigation.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Pursuit and road closure

The Dothan Police Department is working an active crash scene at Ross Clark and Kelly we asked motorists to please avoid the area as there are major closures and delays on Ross Clark Circle. There is an ongoing investigation of this crash and multiple criminal acts that preceded involving one of the vehicles. We ask the public to understand that there may be as many as four scenes to investigate leading up to the area we now stand so we ask for patience and understanding as we have members of patrol, investigations and traffic working diligently to find answers.

Dothan Police set to roll out “NARCAN” to Patrol Officers


The Dothan Police Department in a collaborative effort with the Alabama Department of Public Health are set to equip Dothan Police Patrol Officers with the drug naloxone or Narcan as it is commonly known. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.

This is a very important acquisition for the Dothan Police Department as there have been numerous officers across the country that have had accidental exposures to opioids in various liquid and gel forms. In January of this year a Jackson County Florida Deputy was revived after an accidental exposure to the opioid fentanyl during an arrest.

Training on the Narcan will begin this week and our goal is to have all patrol officers equipped by the end of the month.

The safety of our officers remains paramount and this is one more thing we can give them to help them do their jobs and protect them from the daily dangers of police work.

***Silver Alert*** Missing 68 Year Old Bonnie Benson


On Febuary 16th 2019 Officers responded to a report of a missing 68 year old female at Pointe South Mobile Home Lot on Hodgesville Road. Family reported that 68 year old Bonnie Benson left her residence driving a silver 2006 Toyota Camry with Alabama license plate number 5902AC0.

Bonnie was last seen driving the Camry in the 1600 block of Ross Clark Circle. She is reported to have COPD, Congestive Heart Failure, and has been off of her oxygen for several hours. She is also showing signs of early dementia.

The Dothan Police Department asks that anyone who has seen or comes into contact with Bonnie to please contact your local Law Enforcement. A “Silver Alert” has been issued and search efforts are ongoing.

Auburn police officer shooting

UPDATE @ 10:13pm: The suspect is no longer a threat at this time.

We are continuing to monitor the events in Auburn, Alabama a short time ago. An Auburn Police Officer was shot and critically injured after effecting a traffic stop involving a robbery suspect.

The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old white male Christopher James Wallace. He may be in the company of an unknown white female. He may be wearing or in possession of a camo hoodie sweatshirt.

The vehicle is a silver Jeep Liberty bearing a Barbour County, Alabama tag 6AB5267.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. If you see the vehicle or suspect please call 911.

At the time of this post, we do not believe the suspect is in the Dothan area, but if you have any family or friends near Auburn please make them aware of this potentially dangerous situation.

Thankfully the officer who was shot is in stable condition and expected to make a recovery.

Foot pursuit updated

Update and photos… patrol has finished up on Westgate after locating the driver, narcotics, and weapons. The vehicle has been towed and the driver, Courtney Taylor, has been taken to the city jail for booking with charges pending.

Foot pursuit Updated

Update and photos…Patrol has finished up on Westgate after locating the driver , narcotics, and weapons . The vehicle has been towed and the driver, Courtney Taylor, has been taken to to the city jail for booking with charges pending.

Original post…Patrolman are working in the area of the 900 block of WestGate Park after a driver fled from a traffic stop. The driver has been taken into custody and police are doing a secondary search for a possible passenger. Some concerned citizens passing by believed this to be either a robbery or a problem involving the nearest convenience store, that is NOT the case this is a stand-alone traffic stop we have the driver in custody and will update with pictures and information quickly. Also any information that schools in the area have been locked down is not correct police feel no need to lock down schools as there is no immediate threat. Update to follow.

Top Dogs congrats

Here are a few outstanding handlers who were recognized for handling top dogs at last week’s seminar. Left to right… Meeks Panama City Beach third-place Patrol area search, Fleming Lee County first place vehicle detection, Jackson Jackson County third place building detection, Calvert Baytown PD top Patrol dog, first place Patrol building search, 3rd place detection scramble, Brown Pearland Texas second place detection scramble, Spencer Baytown Texas 3rd place Hogan’s alley third-place Patrol building search second place detection building, Bailes Dothan PD second place vehicle detection, Owens Dothan PD first place detection scramble third place vehicle detection second-place Patrol area search other winners not pictured Garrison High Point North Carolina first place Patrol area search second-place Hogan’s alley, Wilkins High Point North Carolina first place building detection, Overstreet Dothan PD second-place Patrol building search. Great job all.