Man fatally shot by police wanted on active warrants
by Michelle Babcock
April 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 5751 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dennis Doty
Dennis Doty
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified the man fatally shot by Woodstock police late Friday night at the Wal-Mart on Highway 92 as Dennis Doty — a man police records show had active warrants out for his arrest on multiple charges.

Doty, 45, of Woodstock, was shot by a Woodstock Police officer at about 9:15 p.m., after the officers responded to a call about a suspicious person, said Brittany Duncan, Woodstock Police spokeswoman.

Doty had warrants out for his arrest after he fled from police in March while being treated at an area hospital for injuries he got from his last run-in with authorities.

Based on March 19 incident reports obtained from the Woodstock Police Department, Doty called 911 from the McDonald’s on Highway 92 last month, which is connected to the Wal-Mart parking lot where he was fatally shot Friday, and told operators a child abduction ring was operating in Wal-Mart trucks.

Officer Matthew Davis responded to the initial call and met Doty at the McDonald’s restaurant at about 5:30 p.m. March 19.

According to the report, Davis said he noticed something heavy in Doty’s front jacket pocket and asked Doty if he had any weapons.

“Dennis immediately became angry, raising his voice at me,” Davis wrote in the report, adding Doty balled his hands into fists and refused to answer the question. “I then instructed Doty to keep his hands out of his pockets.”

Davis said Doty continued to get angrier and told the officer to “call for backup” multiple times.

“Dennis then went into an irrational rant, making the following statements: ‘I’m a special agent of the Supreme Court,’ ‘There are stalking dirty blues involved with a rapist cult,’ ‘This is extortion,’” Davis wrote in his report of the incident. “Dennis proceeded to tell me nine times to call for backup.”

Davis said he couldn’t get more information on Doty’s claims “about a child abduction ring that he believed to be responsible for abducting small children in Wal-Mart trucks” because of the altercation that followed.

“Dennis’ behavior was visibly frightening other patrons,” Davis said.

After Doty told the officer that he would “eat the first round,” Davis asked Doty if he was threatening to shoot him.

“Dennis affirmed that he would shoot me,” Davis wrote. “Dennis’ behavior was becoming more and more irrational the longer I spoke with him.”

According to the report, Davis was concerned that Doty wanted to do “great bodily harm” and could have a weapon in his pocket.

Another officer arrived as backup, and Davis tried to handcuff Doty for the safety of the officers and people in the restaurant, the report states.

“Dennis began to fight back, swinging his legs and arms about, actively resisting,” Davis wrote.

After multiple minutes of struggle, the officers called for more backup, reports show.

Davis said in the report he was concerned Doty might reach for one of the officer’s loaded weapons, and decided to again ask Doty to surrender.

Doty refused, and Davis said he clearly told Doty that he would use a Taser if Doty didn’t stop. Doty again stood, and Davis said he used a Taser on Doty.

Doty fell to the ground, and Davis said he instructed the man to lie on his stomach. Instead, Doty attempted to stand.

The officer again used the Taser, instructing Doty to lay on lie on his stomach, and instead, Doty attempted to remove the Taser probes from his body.

“Dennis never stopped actively resisting,” Davis wrote.

The officers then used the Taser to deliver three of four direct stuns, and a third officer arrived on the scene to help.

“Through the collective effort of all three officers now on scene, we were able to handcuff Dennis,” Davis wrote in the March 19 report.

Doty was transported to an area hospital to be treated for irregular heartbeat after the March 19 incident.

Reports show Doty left the hospital on foot less than an hour later, and Woodstock police took warrants out for his arrest.

Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Doty was in the Cherokee Detention Center in 2004 and confirmed the warrants were active when Doty was shot and killed Friday by police.

“He was in our jail in 2004 charged with criminal trespass,” Baker said. “He had active warrants through Woodstock Police Department for terroristic threats, obstruction and disorderly conduct.”

When Doty was confronted by police Friday night in the Wal-Mart parking lot, he became threatening, causing the officer to draw his weapon, according to a source who wished to remain anonymous due to the ongoing investigation.

Doty was transported to WellStar-Kennestone Hospital and died from the gunshot injuries, the GBI confirmed. The officer was not injured, Duncan said.

The officer was placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol in such incidents, said Police Chief Calvin Moss.

The name of the officer was not released, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, said GBI Special Agent in Charge Kim Williams.

Friday night, almost a dozen police cars dotted the back corner of the Wal-Mart parking lot, as investigators combed the large crime scene.

The GBI is conducting an investigation into the details of what happened when Doty was confronted by police, Duncan said. A GBI investigation is also standard procedure in all shootings involving a police officer.

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