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Dothan Man Arrested for Shooting into Vehicle, Firearm Possession

DOTHAN, Ala.(WDNews) – On June 5, 2024, Dothan Investigators arrested Willie Edward Franklin, 38, for shooting into an unoccupied vehicle and illegal firearm possession. The incident occurred on South Bell Street, where a vehicle was struck by gunfire. No injuries were reported.

Responding to reports of shots fired on June 4, Dothan Police found multiple shell casings and a damaged vehicle. Through surveillance footage and witness interviews, Franklin was identified as the shooter. Further investigation revealed Franklin was prohibited by Alabama law from possessing a firearm due to a previous criminal conviction, according to Lt. Scott Owens with DPD.

Franklin was arrested and booked into Houston County Jail with no bond. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3632 or 334-793-0215.