UPDATE: Suspect in Double Murder Now in Custody

Update:  Vincent Lamar Oliver Jr. has been taken into custody and has ben charged as a juvenile with two counts of Capital Murder. He will be held in the Southeast Alabama Diversion Center. Due to the restriction of a court order, no further information will be released regarding him.

 

On Sunday, November 20, 2022, at approximately 8:04 p.m., the Dothan Police Department responded to the 200 block of Fifth Avenue for a report of two people being shot. It was confirmed two female victims were deceased from gunshot wounds.

The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Jasmine Danielle Bean, and 20-year-old Ja’Lexius Lashon Wells, both of Dothan.

During the investigation we have developed a suspect who is a juvenile. Due to Alabama juvenile privacy laws, we are typically not allowed to release juvenile information. However, the courts have issued an order allowing the suspect’s information to be released to the public due to the interest of public safety.

The suspect is identified as Vincent Lamar Oliver Jr., 14 years old of Dothan. Oliver Jr. is wanted for two counts of Capital Murder related to the shooting last night.

Oliver also has active juvenile pickup orders for two counts of Attempted Assault First Degree and one count of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle which occurred in July 2022. Oliver Jr. has been sought by authorities since that time. Per the court order, no further information related to Oliver can be released.

Anyone who has information related to the whereabouts of Oliver Jr. is asked 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 all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

Domestic Incident Leaves Two People Shot

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at approximately 7:52 AM, the Dothan Communication Center received a report of a firearm assault in the 300 block of Donna Drive. When officers arrived, they determined there were two victims; one still on scene that was transported to the hospital by ambulance, and a second victim that had already been transported to the hospital by a personal vehicle.

The investigation revealed this was a domestic related incident in which a male subject had entered the residence uninvited. Once inside, he engaged in a physical altercation with a female whom he had been in a relationship with. While the two struggled over a firearm, the female’s son entered the room with his own firearm and began firing at the male subject to protect his mother, accidently striking his mother in the arm. The female is expected to make a full recovery. The male subject was shot multiple times and is listed in critical but stable condition. He underwent surgery for his injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation and charges will be forthcoming against the male subject who entered the residence. He is identified as David Leonard Gamble, 38 years old of Dothan.

Considering recent shootings in Dothan, this is an isolated incident in which justifiable deadly force was used inside the victim’s home to protect themselves from harm or death.

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 Receives Non-Life Threatening Injury from Gunshot

On Sunday, September 11, 2022, officers responded to the 700 block of North Alice Street for a firearm assault involving one victim. A 19 year old male received one gunshot to each upper leg. He was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. This is an ongoing investigation in which at least one suspect is expected to be identified.

Man In Serious Condition After Being Shot

On Sunday, August 28, 2022, just after 6:00 PM, officers responded to the 700 block of Hutchins Street in reference to shots being fired. When they arrived, they learned a male victim had been shot and had already been transported to the hospital by personal vehicle. Officers also responded to the hospital and learned the victim had a life-threatening gunshot injury. The victim is currently in serious condition.

The investigation revealed the suspect, Terrance Williams, 18 years old of Dothan, was shooting at another individual down the street and while doing so, struck the victim who was only a few feet away from him. Williams has been charged with Assault First Degree and his bond has been set at $500,000.00. His charge is subject to change depending on the outcome of the victim.

Terrance Jermaine Williams – Assault First Degree

Dothan Man Charged with Armed Robbery

On 8/4/2022, a physical altercation took place between a victim and two suspects over property in the 200 block of Fortner Street.  During the physical altercation, one suspect produced a handgun and shot the victim in the arm.  The victim underwent surgery for the non-life threatening injury and is expected to make a full recovery.  One suspect, Kevone Devontay Smith, 21 years old of Dothan, has been arrested and charged with one count of Robbery First Degree.  His bond was set at $60,000.00.

Kevone Devontay Smith – Robbery First Degree

Second Suspect Arrested and Additional Suspects Wanted in the Two-State Double Murder

On 7/28/2022, the Dothan Police Department and the Holmes County, Florida Sheriff’s Department began a joint investigation into a double murder. The investigation led to the discovery of two bodies buried on Long Round Bay Road in Holmes County, Florida. The bodies are believed to be those of Damien Bell and Shauna Terry, who were listed as missing persons from Dothan, Alabama on 7/11/2022.

On 7/28/2022, Sheena Thurman was arrested by the Dothan Police Department and charged with one count of murder. As a result of the ongoing investigation, Dothan Police Department has now charged David Allen Bastian, 37 years old of Port Saint Lucie, Florida with one count of Capital Murder, one count of Kidnapping First Degree, and one count of Abuse of a Corpse.

The Dothan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals are currently attempting to locate Joshua Deavours Parks, 36 years old of Dothan; Devante Laquae Williams, 32 years old of Dothan; and MacAuthur Mike Hawkins, 31 years old of Dothan. Parks, Williams, and Hawkins are wanted for one count of Capital Murder, one count of Kidnapping First Degree, and one count of Abuse of a Corpse.

We are asking the public if you have any information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals to contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. A reward may be offered for information that leads to the capture of these individuals. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

 

 

Man Shot During Robbery

On Friday night, 7/22/2022, just before 9:00 PM, a male victim was approached by a black female suspect while at a business in the 3000 block of Denton Road. The female asked him for a ride and he agreed. Once in the vehicle, the suspect produced a hand gun and demanded the victim to drive. The suspect continued to tell the victim where to go to. They stopped in the 2300 block of Denton Road. The victim exited the vehicle and the suspect demanded the keys to the vehicle. The victim initially refused to give the keys to the suspect. The suspect then shot the victim in the arm. The suspect was then able to get the keys and left on the victim’s vehicle.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for his injury. It was later determined he would have to be transferred to an out of town facility for specialized treatment.

Several hours after the incident occurred, the victim’s vehicle was located abandoned in Headland, AL.

The unknown black female suspect is described as being 5’8” – 5’11” tall, 20-25 years old, had a lip piercing, wearing a green jacket and short white pants.

If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call the Dothan Police Department at (334)615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers at (334)793-7000

Woman Allows Juveniles to Shoot at Victims

On 7/15/2022 several juveniles were involved in at altercation in the 1200 block of Lake Street. Some of the juveniles left but soon retuned in a vehicle driven by Shakita Crittenton. The juveniles exited the vehicle and retrieved a handgun from the trunk of Crittenton’s vehicle and began firing at a vehicle occupied by the other juveniles while Crittenton watched. Crittenton aided these juveniles by giving them a firearm and transporting them to and from the incident location.

As a result of this incident, on 7/20/2022, Criminal Investigators executed a search warrant at Crittenton’s residence. During the search, illegal narcotics were found in a common area of the residence which two juveniles had access to. Also found were two puppies in crates in two different closets. Both puppies were malnourished and underweight. Dothan Animal Services responded and took possession of both puppies.

Shakita Leann Crittenton, 35 years old of Dothan, was charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty, two counts of Chemical Endangerment, two counts of Attempted Assault First Degree, and one count of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle. She is currently being held with no bond.

Shakita Leann Crittenton – Animal Cruelty X2, Chemical Endangerment X2, Attempted Assault First Degree X2, and Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle

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