Father of Dothan police officer almost shot during alleged robbery attempt

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Dothan (WTVY) The father of a Dothan police officer narrowly escaped being shot during an alleged robbery attempt Wednesday in a busy shopping area.

Lt. Brian Smith said the bullet struck the pickup truck missing the 71-year old man by about six inches. His identity was not made public at the family’s request and because it’s not part of the official police report.

“He had been to Hobby Lobby and was driving across the parking to Home Depot. When the bullet struck the truck he thought he had hit something in the parking. He later found the bullet hole but didn’t realize there had been a shooting so near him until he viewed a WTVY news report later,” the man’s police officer son said.

Dothan Police Department Lieutenant Brian Smith said Jeremy Lynn was charged with robbery after an alleged carjacking and the shot was fired in self-defense by the car’s owner. Lynn was apprehended inside Hobby Lobby shortly after the incident.

A booking photo is still not available because Lynn hasn’t cooperated in having his jail picture taken, Smith said.