Alabama man arrested after confronting police officers with hatchet


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A Dothan man had an axe to grind that ultimately put him behind bars.

On Nov. 4, the Dothan Police Vice Unit responded to a call at the Dothan Inn off of Ross Clark Circle, and as they were going to execute a search warrant they were approaching the room where the initial 911 call was made, a male suspect who was hanging outside of his hotel room saw the officers.

“Saw them approaching, went into the inside of his room,” said Jason Penn, captain of the Dothan Police Department’s Investigative Division. “Came back out and confronted them with a hatchet.”

Penn said the suspect held the hatchet in a threatening manner while the vice unit told him to comply, which caused him to go back into his room. The officers then continued to give verbal commands to the man, and after a brief standoff, the suspect complied, and the officers were able to take the man into custody without injury.

“We always include de-escalation training each year,” Penn said.

Each Dothan police officer goes through 32 hours of in-service training every year, including a class in de-escalation.

“We try to include more and more of that type of training,” Penn said.

The suspect was not involved in the initial police call at first and wasn’t even staying in the room that made the initial call that caused the Dothan Police Vice Unit to act.

The suspect was charged with menacing, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with evidence.

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