Dothan officer won’t face charges in fatal shooting

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors in southeast Alabama say an officer won’t be charged in a fatal shooting outside an animal shelter late last year.

Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska told the Dothan Eagle Monday (http://bit.ly/1G5v4zx ) that a grand jury has declined to indict the Dothan police officer in the December shooting death of 30-year-old Robert Earl Lawrence.

Authorities have said Lawrence considered himself a sovereign citizen and became disorderly after dropping a stray animal off at a shelter and being asked to show identification.

Dothan police said Lawrence was repeatedly told to calm down, and was eventually told that he was being arrested. Authorities have said there was a fight and Lawrence was shot in his abdomen.

Valeska says jurors were presented with a state police review, recorded interviews, photos and video.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com

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