Dothan police called to fatal shooting, break-in, and serious wreck at the same time

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DOTHAN, Ala (WTVY) -- Dothan police were busy with a fatal shooting and separate break-in late Thursday night near Dothan High School.

They first responded to the 500 block of Meadow Court on reports of gunshots at about 10:30.

"I hear these four 'Boom. Boom. Boom,' it sounded to me like somebody was in my backyard, and so I just ducked,” said Joe Funderburk, who lives on Meadow Court. “I didn't know what was going on."

When they got there, they found a man with gunshot wounds lying in a front lawn.

He died from those injuries.

At the time of the shooting, police weren't willing to provide any information about the victim or suspects.

They did say they had the situation under control and the area is safe.

"We do have all parties that were involved in the shooting with us at this time, and we are in the process of beginning interviews right now," said Lt. Lynn Watkins of the Dothan Police Department.

Less than a mile from that shooting, another situation was unfolding at the Houston County Board of Education on Alice Street.

Dothan Police Sergeant Joseph Evans says a man broke into the building used for technology offices and storage.

He called police, said he was being chased by others and barricaded himself inside.

Dothan police and Houston County Sheriff’s Deputies first responded to the Career Academy on West Main Street due to an error in the paging system.

Once they cleared that scene, they surrounded board of education building, and the man gave himself up.

Evans says he was likely under the influence of drugs.

Not long before these two incidents, there was a wreck involving multiple vehicles on Whitaker Road.

Despite the busy night, Evans says they never had any calls holding.

“We've been able to cover everything so far. It has been a little busy, and we called out some overtime units to come work with us, but far and far everything has been under control. We've had three large incidents happen at one time, but everything has been under control,” said Evans.

The man was not armed, and should have a first appearance later today.

As a result in the error in the paging system, Houston County Schools Superintendent David Sewell is planning to address it immediately.

“I'm going to call 9-1-1 tomorrow (Friday) and try to get it straightened out. This is a building that we lease at this time, and I'm going to see if that's the issue about the address,” said Sewell.

Sewell says they have a lot of cleanup to do, but nothing appeared to be stolen.