Dothan police officer shot, suspect dead

Dothan police officer shot, suspect dead
A Dothan police officer was shot while on-duty Monday. (Source: WTVY)

DOTHAN, Ala. (WSFA) - An investigation is underway after an officer-involved shooting in Dothan left a police officer injured and the suspect dead.

The Dothan Police Department said one of its officers was shot shortly after pulling over a vehicle Monday afternoon for having no displayed tag. While speaking with the driver, the officer noticed a gun in the vehicle, investigator said.

The driver then left the scene before being released and the officer notified dispatch that he was following the vehicle and that the driver was armed.

The police department said at 12:45 p.m. the suspect stopped at Third Avenue and Trim Street at which time they got out with the gun.

The officer attempted to taser the suspect in order to incapacitate them, but the suspect began firing, striking the officer in the leg. Both the officer and his backup then fired at the suspect.

The officer was taken to a south Alabama hospital for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect, who has not been identified by name, died at the hospital.

The investigation has been turned over to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation, a standard practice when an officer’s service weapon is discharged.

A motive remains unclear at this time.

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