HPD Officer Involved in Shooting Cleared for Duty
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An Incident Review Board has returned to duty a Huntsville police officer who was involved in a shooting where a South Carolina fugitive died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The review board determined that the officer’s actions were in accordance with department policies and the officer involved has been returned to full duty.
The original incident happened on August 9 in the Mountain View Mobile Home Park off Slaughter Road. Huntsville Police spokesman Harry Hobbs told WHNT News 19 that the suspect fired a gun after being questioned by officers, who were responding to a report of a suspicious person in the area. According to Hobbs, one officer returned fire, but a preliminary autopsy revealed that the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The man was identified as Brent Dotson, 57, a fugitive from South Carolina who had been convicted of child sex crimes.
According to media reports from South Carolina, Dotson’s original trial was set for September 2012, but was delayed by three months due to medical issues the defendant had. Dotson disappeared weeks before his rescheduled trial was set to begin.