Arrest Made in Peanut Festival Parade Shooting That Left One Dead

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, while the National Peanut Festival Parade was on going, a group of individuals engaged in a fight near the intersection of West Main Street and Montana Street. During the fight, at least one individual produced a gun and fired into the group hitting two victims. One victim, 22-year-old Garyoun Tyrone Fluellen, of Dothan, received one gunshot to the upper torso. He was transported to Southeast Health where he was pronounced deceased. The second victim received two gunshots to the upper torso and was transported to Southeast Health where he underwent surgery.

As the investigation progressed, we received assistance from our community which helped bring this case to a successful conclusion. The shooter was quickly identified as Mekhi Nasir Lawton, 18 years old of Dothan. Warrants were immediately obtained on Lawton for one count of Murder and one count of Assault First Degree. Lawton turned himself in just before midnight last night. His bond has been set at $1.53 Million.

We would like to thank members of our community who assisted in bringing quick resolution to this case ensuring this individual is behind bars.

Mekhi Nasir Lawton – Murder & Assault First Degree

Shooting During Peanut Festival Parade Leaves One Dead

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, while the National Peanut Festival Parade was on going, a group of individuals engaged in a fight near the intersection of West Main Street and Montana Street. During the fight, at least one individual produced a gun and fired into the group hitting two victims. One victim, 22-year-old Garyoun Tyrone Fluellen, of Dothan, received one gunshot to the upper torso. He was transported to Southeast Health where he was pronounced deceased. The second victim received two gunshots to the upper torso and was transported to Southeast Health where he underwent surgery. He is in stable condition.

Investigators are in the preliminary stage of the investigation and have identified two persons of interest. We are asking the community for assistance in locating the two following individuals:  Mekhi Nasir Lawton, 18 years old of Dothan; and Mark Quinten Small Jr., 18 years old of Dothan.

We ask if you have any information on the whereabouts of either of these individuals that you call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of anyone who would like to help in an anonymous capacity.

Out of an abundance of caution, extra police officers will be on hand for the Peanut Festival tonight at the fairgrounds.  We have no reason to believe that this incident is any way connected to the Peanut Festival, rather this lawless behavior by individuals with no regard for anyone else took place where thousands of people gathered to watch a parade.  We will not stop until the person(s) responsible for this act are in custody and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Man Found Dead in the Street

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at approdximately 5:20PM, the Dothan Communication Center received a report of an individual shot in the 800 block of Miles Lane. Dothan Fire and Rescue along with Dothan Police Officers arrived on scene and found the victim lying in the middle of the roadway. Paramedics attempted life saving measures but determined the individual was deceased. The victim had a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences where a forensic examination will be conducted.

The victim has been identified as 36-year-old, Samuel Jeffrey Gray, of Dothan.

We would like to ask anyone who has any information related to this incident to please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of anyone who would like to help in an anonymous capacity.

Car Intentionally Driven into Crowd

On Monday, October 31, 2022, at approximately 8:40 PM, the Dothan Police Department responded to the 700 block of Tuskegee Street, Martin Homes, for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived and began assessing the injuries to one victim on the ground. While tending to the victim, the surrounding crowd grew larger and became more and more disorderly causing the officers to divert their attention away from the victim. This victim was transported to Southeast Health for treatment of lower leg injuries from being struck by the suspect vehicle.

The scene also involved a suspect’s vehicle that had struck the front porch of an apartment and upon arrival was unoccupied. While the crowd was being disorderly, a female attempted to remove items from the suspect’s vehicle. After being told not to, the female charged at officers and was taken into custody. When this suspect was placed in a patrol car, she vandalized the rear of the patrol car causing damage before being pepper sprayed.

Two other victims had been transported to the hospital by personal vehicle prior to officers’ arrival. It was determined the female driver of the vehicle intentionally drove the vehicle into the crowd striking the three victims. One of the three victims was holding a 1-year-old child at the time she was struck. The 1-year-old child was unharmed in the incident.

While officers were assessing the scene, several shots were fired in the area causing more alarm and the crowd to become more disorderly.

Ariyan Tranice McCoy, 19 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with Obstructing a Government Operation, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Criminal Mischief Third Degree.

This is an active investigation in which investigators are working diligently to determine the identity of the driver of the vehicle and the person or persons responsible for the gun shots being fired.

The injuries to all three victims that were struck by the vehicle appear to be minor at this time.

Ariyan Tranice McCoy – Obstructing a Government Operation, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Criminal Mischief Third Degree

Dothan Man Charged with Assault

On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, the Dothan Police Department responded to Southeast Health to the report of an edge weapon assault. The victim stated she was visiting the suspect in the 500 block of North Herring Street when the suspect, Kenneth Phil Shoemake, began swinging a knife at her and cut her several times on the arm and back. The victim was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

The suspect, Kenneth Phil Shoemake, 64 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Assault Second Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.

Kenneth Phil Shoemake – Assault Second Degree

Dothan Man Charged with Assault

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, the Dothan Police Department responded to the 800 block of Bayshore Avenue to the report of an edge weapon assault. Officers arrived and found the victim suffering from cut wounds on the arm and side area. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The suspect, Amos Leonard Sanders, 52 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Assault Second Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.

Amos Leonard Sanders – Assault Second Degree

 

Dothan Man Charged with Rape

On Sunday, October 30, 2022, the Dothan Police Department responded to the report of a sexual allegation in the 2800 block of Fortner Street. Officers spoke to the adult victim as well as the alleged suspect, Adrian Antwan Jett. After conducting a thorough investigation, it was believed Jett had engaged in sexual contact with the victim without the victim’s consent.

Adrian Antwan Jett, 40 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Rape First Degree. His bond was set at $10,000.00.

Adrian Antwan Jett – Rape First Degree

R.A.D. Women’s Self-Defense Course

The Dothan Police Department will host the final R.A.D. Women’s Self-Defense course of 2022 on November 12th and 19th at the Wiregrass Public Safety Center from 9:00am-4:00pm each day.  There will be a 1 hour lunch break from 12:00-1:00pm.  To register, email speters@dothan.org with your name, age and phone number.

 

Couple Arrested for Chemical Endangerment of Children

On Thursday, 10/6/2022, Dothan Police Officers were made aware of possible illegal dug activity at a residence in the 1200 block of Southland Drive. Officers and investigators went to that residence where they detected a strong odor marijuana inside the residence. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence which led to the discovery of dug activity inside the residence. Two adults and five children reside at the residence.

As a result, Durcelle Alfonza Beasley, 31 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana Second Degree, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and five counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. His bond was set at $15,300.00.

Sara Louise Hawkins, 36 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana Second Degree, and five counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. Her bond was set at $12,500.00.

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