Over the last several months, the Dothan Police Department had responded to numerous shots fired calls, individuals who were shot, and homicides. The problem with gun violence in certain areas of the City of Dothan was so bad it demanded action.
Between September 17 through September 19, the Dothan Police Department tasked a special group of officers and investigators as well as Federal and State partners with a focused, sectored patrol in order to combat the use of guns to commit acts of violence. For three days, the officers focused their attention on areas that, by the crime data, were high crime areas for gun violence. The US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force went to apprehend violent offenders who had not been caught for crimes involving gun violence to include one subject arrested for Capital Murder.
In three days of sectored patrol, Officers with the detail arrested 73 individuals for 103 different crimes. These crimes ranged from Possession of Marijuana to Capital Murder. Along with individuals arrested, officers seized 31 guns.
After the arrest of an accomplice, Investigators received information on the location of the second suspect in a shooting that resulted in the death of a Dothan woman on September 6, 2020 on South Lena Street. The suspect, Dontavian McCree (24) of Dothan, was located at a residence in Ashford, AL by Dothan Police Investigators and members of the US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. McCree was taken into custody without incident.
As a result of the investigation, McCree was charged with Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, Attempted Murder, and Capital Murder. McCree is being held without bond. The Dothan Police Department wants to thank the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force for their assistance. Also, thank you to the many community members who provided tips on this case.
On September 15, 2020, Dothan Investigators charged Phillip Barkley Jr. with Attempted Murder. Barkley is now charged with Capital Murder in the shooting death of Christina Moore on South Lena Street that occurred on September 6th, 2020. Barkley was one of the individuals involved in the actions that caused the death of Moore. Additional arrests are possible.
Phillip Barkley Jr is charged with Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, Attempted Murder, and Capital Murder. Barkley is being held without bond.
On September 6, 2020, Dothan Police received a call of a person shot in the 700 block of South Lena Street. Upon arrival, the victim was located in the residence suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead on scene. The victim was identified as Christina Yvonne Moore (50) of Dothan. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Investigators will continue to follow leads on the person(s) responsible.
If you have any information on this incident, please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or anonymously call Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department is committed to protecting witnesses and victims who report crimes.
On August 25, 2020, Dothan Police Officers responded to a shooting the 1300 block of Galaxie Drive. When Officers arrived on scene, they discovered the victim of the shooting had been transported by private vehicle to a local hospital. The victim died from his injuries at the hospital shortly after arriving. The victim has been identified as Majic Collins (18) of Dothan.
During the investigation, Investigators learned the shooter approached the house from a park behind the residence. After a brief conversation, gunfire erupted and left Collins suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators identified the suspect as Darris Williams. Williams was apprehended on August 31, 2020 and charged with Murder.
Darris Quinta Williams (17) of Dothan has been charged as an adult with Murder and has a bond of $150,000.
On August 25, 2020, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Galaxie Drive in reference to a firearm assault. Police learned that, prior to their arrival, the victim was transported to a local hospital. The victim died from his injuries and was pronounced at the hospital. The victim was identified as Majic Collins (18) of Dothan.
The investigation is ongoing and the Dothan Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance if they have any information on this crime. The Dothan Police Department is committed to maintaining the safety of any witnesses or victims of crime. If anyone has any information on this crime, please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or anonymously call Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim during this difficult time.
On August 9, 2020 at about 2:00 am, Dothan Police responded to reports of a shooting in the 100 block of West Powell Street. When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim, Cortez Hill, in his vehicle and he had been shot multiple times. Despite life-saving efforts, Hill succumbed to his injuries on scene.
Criminal Investigators have been working since that day to bring this case to a close. Throughout the investigation, Investigators processed evidence, executed many search warrants, and interviewed several witnesses to the incident. A suspect was developed and investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest on August 20, 2020.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, Troy Police Department, and the community for their assistance in closing this case.
Demingus Montez Humphrey (26) of Troy, AL has been charged with Capital Murder in the death of Cortez Hill. Humphrey was apprehended on August 20, 2020 in Troy, AL by the US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Dothan Police Investigators.
On 8/9/2020 at about 0200 hours, Dothan Police Department received reports of a person shot in the 100 block of West Powell Street. Upon arrival, officers found the victim in his vehicle not responding. Despite life saving efforts by police and medics, the victim died from his injuries on the scene. The victim has been identified as Cortez Fitzgerald Hill (25) of Dothan.
We offer our condolences to the family of Mr. Hill. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
The Dothan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is actively working every lead on this case as this is an ongoing investigation. Reports are there were a large number of people in the area at the time of the shooting. If anyone has any information, please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.
During the early morning hours of June 26, 2007, Perry Griffin, an employee of Panhandle Converters and Scrap, was going to go out of town to purchase items for the business. Perry was preparing to leave the business with a large amount of cash, as he had done before numerous times. As Perry was preparing to leave the parking lot of the business, two suspects armed with weapons confronted him.
Evidence recovered at the scene led investigators to believe the suspects may have intended to physically restrain Perry, and possibly take him to another location. It appeared Perry resisted and, during a physical struggle, a suspect fired his weapon and fatally wounded Perry.
The two suspects fled from the scene on foot, after collecting the large sum of money in Perry’s possession. It is believed the third suspect was waiting nearby in a vehicle.
At the time of the incident in 2007, investigators worked diligently around the clock on the case. Persons of interest were developed and countless interviews were conducted. The case had remained unsolved and multiple investigators had worked numerous hours in an attempt to bring this case to a close. Due to a lack of sufficient evidence, they were unable to close the case.
In June of 2020, new information surfaced on the case. Several people have been re-interviewed, several new people have been interviewed, and the original case file has been reviewed meticulously. As a result of this recent investigation and with efforts during the original investigation, sufficient evidence has now been gathered to allow for arrest warrants to be obtained for the arrest of the following three suspects:
Kevin Shawn Thornton (48) of Dothan was charged with Murder, Robbery 1st degree, and a SORNA violation. Thornton is being held without bail on the Murder and Robbery charges and a $15,000 bond on the SORNA violation. Thornton was 35 years old at the time of the murder and was an employee at Panhandle Converters.
Jessie Jerome Swain (47) of Dothan was charged with Murder and Robbery 1st degree and is being held without bond. Swain was 34 years old at the time of the murder and was an employee at Panhandle Converters.
Kendrick Fitzgerald Bryant (30) was charged with Murder and Robbery 1st degree. Bryant is currently in an Alabama Prison and his arrest is forthcoming. Bryant was 17 years old at the time of the murder and his connection is through Swain.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank many agencies for their assistance in this case, to include the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
The Dothan Police responded to the 800 blk of Williams Ave. When officers arrived they found the victim, Terrance Ransom (18), shot multiple times in a yard. Mr. Ransom was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators began to follow leads provided by the public and on-scene investigation. In the early morning hours police developed a suspect and location. The suspect, Brandon Fluellen (26) was held up in a local hotel. After police cleared the surrounding rooms, negotiators were utilized and Mr. Fluellen exited the room without incident.
Mr. Fluellen was charged with murder and other arrest may follow with additional suspects. Mr. Fluellen is currently being held on no bond.
All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.