On May 19th Dothan Police responded to a report of a firearm assault in the 2100 block of Baker Trace.
Officers arrived on scene and discovered 19 year old Christian Mullins with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. It was first reported by a friend of Mullins, Fisher Shipes, that Mullins was shot by an unknown assailant who had entered the residence and fled the scene.
Officers determined that story to be misleading and false and learned that Mullins’ gunshot wound was caused by 20 year old Fisher Shipes.
Shipes was transported to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were completed, it was determined that Shipes, while consuming an alcoholic beverage, took possession of an unfamiliar shotgun from within the residence. Shipes pointed the shotgun, which he believed to be unloaded, at Mullins and pulled the trigger. Mullins was struck with birdshot in his torso.
Mullins was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for his injury. Unfortunately, due to the severity of his injury he died a short time later.
As a result, Shipes has now been charged with Manslaughter and his bond for that charge has been set at $30,000.00.
The Dothan Police Department would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the family of Christian.
On May 14th 2018 Dothan Police responded to American Trailers located in the 100 block of Loftin Rd. to a report of several of the company trucks being broken into. An employee from American Trailers witnessed a white male taking vehicle batteries from the vehicles. The white male suspect fled the scene on a vehicle and the employee was able to obtain a tag number.
On May 16th 2018 Dothan Police investigators identified the white male as Luther Todd McCart, 46, of E. Crawford St. in Dothan. McCart was charged with 45 counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle. McCart was also charged with two more counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle for his involvement in the vehicle break-ins at Road Runner Delivery in the 1000 block of West Main St. Dothan. Vehicle batteries were stolen at this location as well.
McCart was charged with a total of 47 counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and he has bonds totaling $705,000.00. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.
On May 15th 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Dothan Police responded to a report of a possible kidnapping at the Flying J Truck Stop located in the 2100 block of Ross Clark Circle. Reports were that an elderly female was locked in the back of a truck in the parking lot.
Police arrived on scene and located a Penske moving truck parked in the back corner of the parking lot. Officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Jeffery Eric Seay (43) of Birmingham Alabama. Officers also located Seay’s mother, 68 year old Elizabeth Allen, locked in the rear compartment of the truck. Mrs. Allen was treated by paramedics at the scene for dehydration and other non- life threatening injuries.
Seay was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were completed it was confirmed that no kidnapping had occurred. Jeffery Eric Seay was arrested for Elderly Abuse 2nd Degree. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending. A bond amount has not been set in this case.
On May 8th 2018 Dothan Police Officers responded to a report of a rape in the 1100 block of Crestline Drive. Officers made contact with the mother of the juvenile victim and she was transported to Flowers Hospital for examination.
The suspect of the rape was identified as Emiliano Rodriguez, 40, of Dothan. Rodriguez was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were completed Emiliano Rodriguez was charged with 10 counts of Rape 2nd Degree, 20 counts of Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree, and 5 counts of Sodomy 2nd Degree. A bond amount has not been set in this case.
Due to the sensitive nature of the case and the victim being a juvenile no more information is being released on this case. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.
The 2018 Junior Police Academy is now accepting applications from Wiregrass youth ages 12-17 who are interested in learning more about the police department. The JPA is a two-week summer program designed to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens through law enforcement education. An extension of community policing, the JPA transforms the traditional role of a police officer into one of mentor and friend. At the same time it encourages young people to be our partners, not adversaries, in building safer schools and communities.
Also, the Junior Police Advanced Class is being offered for participants aged 12-17 who have already completed a prior Junior Police Academy class.
This free program is being offered by the Dothan Police Department’s Community Service Division on the following dates:
Basic Session 1: June 4-14, 2018
Basic Session 2: July 9-19, 2018
Advanced Session: July 24- 26, 2018
For more information please feel free to send us a note online or call the Community Service Division at (334) 793-0230. Applications can be picked up from any Dothan Police Student Resource Officer or by visiting the front desk at the police department.
On May 4th 2018 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Dothan Police responded to a report of an Armed Robbery at the Hobo Pantry located in the 700 block of Ross Clark Circle. The cashier on duty reported that a black male entered the business armed with a handgun. The suspect was wearing a white hair net pulled over his face and black sunglasses.
The suspect demanded money from the business and fled the scene with approximately $100.00 in cash. The cashier was able to see him get into a grey van and flee the scene. A short time later an experienced patrol officer, that was training a new police officer, observed the vehicle and stopped it in the 900 block of East Main Street.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Courtney Delaney Thomas, 30, of N. Alice St. Dothan. Thomas was in possession of the money, handgun, and clothing items that were used in the Robbery. Thomas was arrested and charged with one count of Robbery 1st Degree. A bond amount has not been set in this case. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.
On 04/30/2018 Vice Investigators concluded a five month narcotics investigation into narcotics being sold and distributed through the north side of Dothan.
Investigators have arrested 29 year old Sulen Pena, of Scott Road, with Drug Trafficking (methamphetamine), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine), and Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree. Bonds total $78,000.
The investigation is ongoing. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On 04/30/2018 as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, Vice Investigators attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of East Main Street and Sanitary Dairy Road. The vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit ensued through the south side of the county. Officers with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and ALEA assisted with the pursuit. The pursuit ended at the intersection of Sealy Wells Road and State Line Road. Following the pursuit Vice Investigators executed a search warrant in the 4500 block of County Road 33 Ashford. Houston County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the search warrant.
Investigators were able to recover evidence from the vehicle as well during the pursuit. investigators have arrested and charged 46 year old Michael Patterson, of County Road 33 Ashford, with Drug Trafficking (methamphetamine), Obstructing Justice Using a False Identity, Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. Bonds total $55,500.
All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On April 30th 2018 Dothan Police Investigators received a report of a possible sex crime against a child under 12 years old. An investigation began immediately and the suspect was identified as Joseph Ramirez, 36, of Radford Circle, Dothan.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Ramirez’s home in the 100 block of Radford Circle. Before executing the search warrant Ramirez made it known to police that he was armed with a firearm and made threats against himself and officers if they attempted to take him into custody.
The Dothan SRT Team was used to execute the search warrant. When they arrived at the residence Ramirez had barricaded the doors and covered the windows in the home. The SRT Team made entry into the home through a window and encountered Ramirez with a shotgun making threats to the officers. After a brief struggle Ramirez was taken into custody with minor injuries.
Ramirez was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were concluded Ramirez was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age and two counts of rape 1st degree. This investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.
On April 30th Dothan Police investigators arrest a fifteen year old Dothan High School student for making a terrorist threat. It was reported that the suspect told other students on the school bus that he was going to bring a gun to school on Monday and shoot someone.
Over the weekend there were social media posts made by other students at the school warning people of the threats. A number of police and school officials were at the school to ensure the safety of the students. These threats caused a major disruption of school activities and a large number of students were either absent from school or were checked out due to the fear of a major incident.
The student that made the threat was brought in and suspended by Dothan City Schools. He was also taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After questioning he was arrested and charged with Making Terrorist Threats and taken to the Diversion Center.
The investigation is ongoing and due to the fact that this case involves a juvenile no further information can be released. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.