On May 25, 2019, four individuals attempted to rob Shawn Callins while he was inside his residence located at 416 Florida Avenue. When Callins resisted, the suspects shot and killed him. A female victim who was six and a half months pregnant, was shot twice during the invasion. She suffered severe blood loss and was transported to a Pensacola, Florida Hospital. Due to the distress on the unborn baby, the baby was taken by emergency C-section and was placed on life support.
Tragically, the baby boy died early this morning. As a result of his death, the four suspects that were previously charged with the murder of Shawn Callins and the attempted murder of the female victim, will now be charged with the murder of the child. The four suspects are: 18 year old Willie Blackmon of Dothan, 18 year old Kaleb Tubbs of Dothan, 17 year old Carlos Lindsey of Opp and 21 year old David Key of Abbeville. All suspects remain in the Houston County Jail without bond.
On behalf of the Dothan Police Department, we would like to express our condolences for the families of all victims involved in this senseless tragedy.
DPD responded to the report of a possible gunman armed with a rifle at the rear of Harvest Church. Officers quickly formed two teams that responded to the unknown. We have finished the call and are happy to report there is NO problem at the church and everything is fine. A few things to take away from this, first thanks as always to our citizens who are aware of their surroundings and are quick to report something that seems to present danger to others. We are grateful for the call we received today. Second DPD is second-to-none in public safety! How quickly officers responded, formulated a plan and selflessly encountered the unknown is an example of what they do without recognition day in and day out. Third as a reminder Firearms may not be used in the city of limits of Dothan for birds, squirrels or any other animals. Shooting within city limits particularly in residential areas creates danger and commonly causes understandable alarm for anyone passing by! Good job to all involved.
This morning Dothan police officers were called to Westgate Park for a suspicious animal on the bike trail….a sick raccoon. The animal appeared confused and disoriented, moved slowly, and had difficulty walking….all signs of rabies!
Thanks to an alert citizen we were able to safely remove a potential public health hazard. Officer Tate was able to collar the animal with a piece of rope, keeping it from running away until it could be turned over to Animal Control.
REMEMBER!!! Vaccinate your pets, pay attention to your surroundings, and report any animal that shows signs of rabies. For more information on the signs and symptoms of rabies, and tips for prevention, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies
* Also…NEVER attempt to pet a wild raccoon. Even if they are not rabid, they can be very aggressive!