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Patrol Officer John Ward Dotson | Chickasaw Police Department, Alabama Chickasaw Police Department, Alabama

Patrol Officer

John Ward Dotson

Chickasaw Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 8, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 11 months

Badge # 20

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrol Officer John Dotson was shot and killed by a man he was writing a speeding citation to on Highway 43 in Saraland. His body was found beside his patrol car with the suspect's ticket clutched in his hand.

The 45-year old subject who shot him was apprehended, found guilty of capital murder, and sentenced to life without parole. In 1989 and again in 1992 he received new trials and was sentenced to life without parole each time.

Officer Dotson had served with the Chickasaw Police Department for almost two years. He was survived by his expectant wife.

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John, I often think back of yesteryears when all of us were at Plateau Christian School back in 1960-1961 those were our gentle years forming who we were to become in years to come. I remember Alisa as a young little freckled girl not knowing she would later in years become your wife. Knowing all your family and remembering your Mom (Mrs Dotson) driving all of you to school in that station wagon. I do have fond memories of all of you still. I try not to dewell on that tragic nite, but to remember the officer who serve Chickasaw with Pride & Service to the citizens of the City. I know Mike misses you very much. But I know one day we will cross each others path again one day my friend. We will never forget you!.

Rosemary & Michael Thornley
Childhood Classmates/Friends
April 13, 2016


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