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July 25, 2013

Man shot outside home of shooter

Gunshot victim critical after allegedly threatening man, woman

Athens — Henderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at a disturbance call in Cherokee Shores on Wednesday afternoon where they found a 40-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The gunshot victim, James Howard Dotson, remained in critical condition at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler on Thursday.

Back in Henderson County, he faces charges of burglary of a habitation, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the altercation that led to the shooting.

HCSO reports said dispatch received a call at about 2:40 p.m. of a disturbance at 164 Sunray in Cherokee Shores, near Payne Springs. HCSO Sheriff Ray Nutt said the officers arrived at a residence and found that Dotson had sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was being treated by EMS.

Nutt reported that Investigators John Long, Brad Gray and Robert Powers began to assist the deputies at the scene in piecing together the events that led to Dotson’s injuries.

Officers learned that Dotson had entered the residence and threatened to kill the persons inside. Dotson took his former girlfriend from the residence by force.

Michael Eugene Jennings, 33, the woman’s brother and owner of the residence, confronted him in the front yard attempting to keep Dotson from taking her. Dotson allegedly charged at the homeowner, who fired and wounded him in the abdomen, Nutt said.

Dotson was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler where he was reported in critical condition on Thursday afternoon. Investigator Long obtained six felony warrants for Dotson’s arrest from Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Kelly Harris.

The case will be referred to the Henderson County District Attorney for prosecution after Dotson’s release from the hospital.

The weapon Jennings used to shoot Dotson was a firearm with a barrel length of less than 18 inches. Jennings was transported to the Henderson County Justice Center on a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon. Jennings posted $2,500 bond and was released.

Dotson was arrested in June of 2012 for assault family violence causing bodily injury after a disturbance at 206 Little Feather in Cherokee Shores. In that incident, Dotson allegedly rammed a vehicle with his vehicle, resulting in the hospitalization of his brother John Dotson.

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