Cop on leave after allegedly breaking into home

Cop on leave after allegedly breaking into home
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A Dothan police officer resigned Wednesday after allegedly breaking into a family’s apartment over the weekend, Police Chief Steve Parrish has confirmed.

Parrish said Officer Keyon Russaw submitted a letter of resignation and it was accepted. “He resigned in lieu of termination,” Parrish said.

Parrish added once the officer resigned the internal investigation was closed since it was a personnel matter.

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Prior to resigning, the officer was on paid administrative leave while Internal Affairs conducted an investigation to see if the officer violated any laws or personnel policies.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a woman at Princeton Place apartments said an officer entered her apartment and went into her teenaged son’s bedroom and woke him shining a flashlight in his face.

The officer asked the boy if a man, whom he named, lived in the apartment. The boy responded that a man by that name did not live there. The officer in full uniform continued looking in the room with a flashlight before exiting the apartment. The boy heard someone continuing to knock on other doors nearby.

The woman said she did not hear a knock at the door or anyone entering the apartment and is unsure how he got into the apartment as she and her teen son remember her locking the door the night before. Her son told her about the officer the next morning and his mom called the Dothan Police Department inquiring about what the officer was doing at her apartment.

She was informed that a Dothan police officer was never dispatched to her apartment complex in that time period.

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