Firearm Assault Leads to Other Arrest

On Sunday night, May 14, 2023, at approximately 9:45 PM, the Dothan Police Department responded to a firearm assault in the 3300 block of Denton Road. When officers arrived, they were confronted by a large crowd of people who were disorderly and non-compliant. While attempting to calm the scene, officers were able to confirm one person had been shot in the leg. While administering aide to the gunshot victim and removing him from the chaotic scene, other individuals became disorderly and non-compliant with officer’s orders.

While attempting to determine who the suspect of the shooting was, one individual, later identified as James Ward Jr., attempted to gain physical control of an officer’s duty weapon. After regaining control of his weapon, officers attempted to place Ward in custody and other individuals attempted to prevent them from doing so.

The victim of the firearm assault was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for his non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The details surrounding the shooting are still being investigated.

James Ward Jr., 55 years old of Headland, AL, was charged with one count of Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer. His bond was set at $10,000.00.

Cameron Mar’Tese Rodgers, 20 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Obstructing Governmental Operation. His bond was set at $500.00.

Another individual has a pending charge of Resisting Arrest.

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