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Dothan writes $250,000 check to settle police shooting lawsuit

Robert Earl Lawrence died in December 2014 during a scuffle with Officer Adrian Woodruff at the Dothan Animal Shelter.
Police dash cam photo of Dothan Animal Shelter that killed a man in December, 2014.
Police dash cam photo of Dothan Animal Shelter that killed a man in December, 2014.(Dothan Police Department)
Published: Mar. 15, 2021 at 9:52 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -The city of Dothan will pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from a Dothan police officer involved shooting.

Robert Earl Lawrence died in December 2014 during a scuffle with Officer Adrian Woodruff at the Dothan Animal Shelter. Lawrence had gone there to drop off a stray dog he found wandering around Walmart parking lot.

Woodruff asked him to provide identification, required by shelter policy, but Lawrence refused. Afterwards, the two got into a scuffle which led to the shooting.

She apparently believed he was attempting to wrestle her stun gun away.

Lawrence’s girlfriend and three children witnessed that shooting.

A Houston County Grand Jury cleared Woodruff of wrongdoing and a federal lawsuit followed.

An appeals court judge last year raised serious questions about whether the shooting had been justified and Dothan faced the possibility of a massive settlement had the case gone to trial or, at the least, hefty legal fees.

The $250,000 settlement is inclusive of plantiff attorney fees.

Woodruff retired from the Dothan Police Department, not long after the shooting occurred.

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