On Wednesday, May 30th, Officers from the Dothan Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7 a.m. on May 30th at Ray’s Restaurant, 1740 S. Oates Street. Please contact Lt. Mac Eggleston with questions: (334) 793-0230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Dothan’s neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
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.
All persons are innocent until proven guilty.
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.