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Allegation: Dothan officer forces his way into wrong home where family slept

The woman who lives at the home said the officer entered early Sunday. Using his flashlight, he then went into her son’s room and awakened the boy.
Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 8:22 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -A Dothan police officer has been suspended after he apparently entered a home where three people, including two children, slept. Though on duty, he had not been dispatched to Princeton Place, where he allegedly forced his way inside that apartment.

“I can confirm the officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending the findings of an internal investigation. Other than that, I can’t comment at this time,” Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish told WTVY.

The woman who lives at the home said the officer entered early Sunday. Using his flashlight, he then went into her son’s room and awakened the boy. That’s when he inquired if a man he named lived in the home. He left after the boy told him that man did not reside there, per the boy’s mother.

That woman, who did not contact WTVY, reluctantly spoke about the incident on the condition of anonymity after the station approached her.

She claims police personnel later said the officer claimed he believed he heard someone tell him to come inside. The woman denies that assertion, saying the door was locked and neither she nor her sons heard him knock. She also said no explanation has been offered about why the officer would have come to her apartment in the first place.

WTVY will identify the officer if he is terminated.

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