815 Wheeler Avenue      Huntsville, Alabama  35801

Lewis Morris
Chief of Police
(256) 427-7001
Dr. Harry Hobbs
Communications Relations Officer
(256) 427-7043


Police Involved Shooting, Suspect is Identified



Huntsville, Alabama (August 12, 2013) Huntsville Police, with assistance from the FBI, have identified the individual shot and killed during an encounter with officers last Friday morning as Brent Egan Dotson, w/m DOB 11-06-56. Preliminary autopsy results indicate he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dotson was wanted out of Horry County, South Carolina, where he was awaiting sentencing involving a child sex offense conviction, involving the rape of a minor child. 

On Friday, August 9, 2013, at approximately 8 a.m., Huntsville Police responded to a call of a suspicious person in the area of Mountain View Mobile Home Park on Slaughter Rd.  When officers arrived, they observed Dotson sitting in a chair at the entrance of the mobile home park.  As they began to question Dotson, he produced a handgun. Both Dotson and our officer discharged their weapons, with Dotson suffering a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Per Departmental Policy, the officer involved was placed on Administrative Leave until the internal investigation is completed.