Man charged with attempted murder of Dothan police officer

Abralem Howard (Courtesy: Houston Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Abralem Howard (Courtesy: Houston Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - A routine traffic stop took a scary turn for a Dothan police officer Monday.

The officer stopped a car driven by Abralem Howard on Dawson Street about 2a.m. Officers say Howard got out of his car, became angry and then ran back to his car.

"This individual positioned himself in the driveway of a resident there in Dawson Street, probably trying to disguise his intentions and we see the results of his actions," said Dothan Police Chief John Powell.

After Howard got back into his car he drove through the front yard of a house and then tried to run over the officer.

"Officers are called upon to make traffic stops late at night in places, and unfortunately this just points out the risk that is involved with doing their job," said Dothan City Manager Mike West.

After he was hit by the car, the officer fired as many as six rounds into Howard's car, hitting him in the leg and arm. Despite his wounds, Howard sped off.

Police later found him hiding out in Slocomb about 18 miles away.

"It was obvious from the assistance that we were provided from the community trying to locate this individual that they want these bad guys off the street," explained Powell.

The police officer suffered minor leg injuries but was treated and released from a Dothan hospital several hours after the incident.

Howard is in the Houston County Jail under a $250,000 bond.  He is charged with attempted murder.