On Saturday, October 14, 2023, at approximately 6:45 AM, the Dothan Police Department responded to a person down in the front yard of a residence in the 1100 block of Persimmon Street. Upon arrival of officers and Dothan Fire and Rescue, it was determined the victim, Bernard Mandrell McClendon, 44 years old of Dothan, had succumbed to his injury as a result of a gunshot wound to the upper torso. It was believed an incident took place near this location and McClendon walked to this yard which is where he succumbed to his injury.
The Dothan Police Department asked our community for help by providing any information they may have related to this incident. Members of our community responded by providing tips we were able to follow up on. As a result, we have conducted numerous interviews and searches which have yielded investigators with probable cause to make an arrest in this case. Investigators have arrested Sirrico Santonio Bennett, 48 years old of Dothan and charged him with one count of Murder, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Firearm. He is currently being held at the Houston County Jail with no bond.
We are extremely appreciative of our community providing the information they have thus far. Even though an arrest has been made, this continues to be an ongoing investigation. We continue to ask if anyone has any information related to this case to please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000.