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Sheffield Police Lt. Max Dotson files lawsuit against murder suspect

Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 5:28 PM CDT
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THE SHOALS, Ala. (WAFF) - Sheffield Police Lt. Max Dotson, who was shot twice on Oct. 1 during the Muscle Shoals officer-involved shooting that killed Sgt. Nick Risner, has filed a civil lawsuit against the murder suspect.

According to court documents filed on Oct. 6, Lt. Dotson is now suing Brian Martin for damages. The lawsuit states Martin intentionally shot Lt. Dotson intending to cause him serious bodily harm or death.

The lawsuit describes how Lt. Dotson, along with Sgt. Nick Risner, chased Brian Martin from Sheffield to Muscle Shoals and cornered him in the parking lot near the Walmart on Avalon Avenue.

Martin shot Lt. Dotson with a .45 caliber handgun in his upper chest area two times but was saved by his bullet-proof vest. Since, Lt. Dotson has suffered physical harm and mental anguish, according to the document.

Dotson is requesting a jury trial and compensatory and punitive damages in the amount of $375,000.

Read the full lawsuit here:

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