On Thursday, December 15, 2022, at approximately 6:58 P.M., officers responded to the 1300 block of Alexander Drive to the report of a firearm assault. As a result, the victim, 21-year-old Alfonso Morrissette, of Dothan was pronounced deceased at the hospital shortly after arrival. As a result of this lengthy and ongoing investigation, on December 11, 2023, investigators obtained a warrant for Murder on Keith Shakur Helms for the death of Morrissette. Helms, who was in the Houston County Jail on unrelated charges, was booked on the Murder charge. His bond for the Murder was set at $1.5 Million.
On Saturday, December 9, 2023, at approximately 12:54 PM, the Dothan Police Department received a call reporting suspicious circumstances on Sedona Lane. Officers arrived to find a female victim inside a residence who was unresponsive from what appeared to be the result of a physical altercation. Dothan Fire and Rescue administered medical aid to the female on scene before transporting her to a local hospital. Lifesaving efforts continued at the hospital before she succumbed to her injury. Her body will be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for determination as to the cause and manner of death. The 17 year old female victim was currently residing in Dothan.
As a result of the investigation, 54 year old Minh Nguyen of Dothan, has been charged with one count of Murder and is being held in the Houston County Jail with no bond.
On 12/08/2023 Investigators gained information that 22 year old Chase Lee Easton was at a residence in Enterprise. Easton is wanted in connection with a murder that occurred in Dothan on 10/07/2023. Dothan PD and Enterprise PD worked together to obtain a location and secured a search warrant.
Dothan Police Department Special Response Team (SRT) along with Officers and Investigators from Dothan PD and Enterprise PD executed the search warrant in the 100 block of Price Street in Enterprise.
Easton was located hiding inside the residence and taken into custody. Easton was transported back to Dothan PD and was booked into the Dothan City Jail for Murder. He will be transferred to the Houston County Jail at a later time.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the Enterprise Police Department and the US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance.
On Sunday, December 3, 2023, at approximately 10:45 AM, Dothan Police Department responded to a firearm assault in the 300 block of North Bell Street. Officers and Dothan Fire and Rescue located a male victim with one gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for his injury. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the victim’s brother, Windle Eugene Coring, 22 years old, was the person responsible for the shooting. Coring fled the scene prior to officers arriving and he has not been located. An arrest warrant has been obtained for Coring for Assault First Degree. The victim’s injury was not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery. A motive for the shooting has not been determined at this time.
We are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Coring or has information related to the incident to contacts us at 615-3000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identity of anyone wishing to provide information in an anonymous capacity.
On November 29, 2023, at 2:07 PM, Dothan Police Department Traffic Division responded to a vehicle crash with injuries involving three vehicles, a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500, 2007 Freightliner, and a 2011 Mazda 3 in the 2300 block of Ross Clark Circle.
The Dodge Ram was exiting private property and the Freightliner collided with the Dodge Ram causing both vehicles to cross the median into the oncoming lane. Debris from the collision went into the path of the Mazda 3 causing minor damage.
There were two occupants in the Dodge Ram and during the collision, the passenger, 3 year old Tristan McGowan of Dothan, was ejected from the vehicle. Both occupants were transported to a local hospital and McGowan was then flown to Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham in critical condition. On December 2, 2023, Tristan McGowan succumbed to his injuries.
The Dothan Police Department would like to express our deepest condolences to the McGowan family, and all parties involved.
This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Dothan Police Department Traffic Division.
LT. C. H. Watson
Dothan Traffic Division Commander
The Dothan Police Department has been investigating a murder that took place in the 4000 block of Richland Road on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. During the investigation it was determined 23-year-old Julius Ralph Brown was the person responsible for shooting and killing 19-year-old Antwan Shonquez Register.
With the assistance of the Houston County Sheriff’s Department and Brown’s family members, he turned himself in to the Dothan Police Department on Friday, November 24, 2023, at approximately 6:00 PM. Brown has been charged with one count of Murder and is currently being held in the Houston County Jail with no bond.
On Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at approximately 10:07 PM, the Dothan-Houston County Emergency Operations Center received a call reporting a firearm assault in the 4000 block of Richland Road. Dothan Police Officers and Dothan Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and began life saving measures on the victim who had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The victim was then transported to Southeast Health where life saving measures continued before he succumbed to the injury.
The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Antwan Shonquez Register of Dothan. This is an ongoing investigation in which investigators are working to identify and locate the person, or persons, responsible. We ask anyone with information related to this incident to please contact the Dothan Police Department at 615-3000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.
On November 20, 2023, it was reported to the Dothan Police Department that a juvenile under the age of 16 had been subjected to inappropriate sexual contact by an adult male over an extended period of time. As a result of a subsequent investigation, Jeffery Lee Teague, age 39 of Dothan, was charged with one count of Sodomy First degree, one count of Rape First degree, one count of Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than 12, and one count of Sexual Extortion with a total bond of $180,000.00.
Due to the sensitive nature of this case, no further details will be released.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at approximately 10:30 AM, officers responded to Chickasaw Street in the area of McRae Homes for a report of gunshots being fired. It was determined occupants of two vehicles traveling on the roadway were exchanging gunfire with each other.
Only one of those vehicles was located. It was determined two occupants of that vehicle were involved in the exchange of gunfire during which time at least one bullet struck an occupied apartment building and an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex. The other vehicle was not located. No injuries occurred during this incident.
Quintez Xavier Baxter, 19 years old of Dothan; and Willie Charles Baxter, 18 years old of Dothan, were each charged with two counts of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied or Unoccupied Building or Vehicle.
On November 6, 2023, the Dothan Fire Department responded to the 100 block of Johnson Circle, Kinsey Cove Apartment Complex, for a structure fire of an occupied apartment building. When they arrived, they discovered household furniture against the outside of the building fully engulfed in flames which had began to burn the apartment building. According to witnesses, the fire was intentionally set by a disgruntled occupant who had been evicted from one of the apartments by the apartment resident. After the Fire Department fully extinguished the fire, a fire investigator along with a Dothan Police criminal investigator worked together investigating the crime and determining the person responsible.
As a result, Shay’Vonna La’Shon Battle, 26 years old of Dothan, has been charged with one count of Arson First degree. She is currently being held in the Houston County Jail with no bond.