Horry County’s most wanted fugitive killed in Alabama police shooting incident

troot@thesunnews.comAugust 12, 2013 

Brent Egan Dotson

— A Myrtle Beach man, who was considered Horry County’s No. 1 most wanted person, was shot and killed during a confrontation Friday with police in Alabama, according to authorities.

Brent Dotson, 57, who was wanted in Horry County after he was convicted in December of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old, was fatally shot in Huntsville, Ala., according to police there.

Dotson was convicted in absentia during a trial for first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and lewd act on a minor, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. His sentence was sealed after the trial until he could be located. He had faced up to 25 years in prison and would have been forced to register as a sex offender.

Police said the confrontation that led to Dotson’s death happened around 8 a.m. Friday, according to Sgt. Jeff Benton of Horry County Sheriff’s office.

Benton said police in Huntsville were called about a suspicious person, and when they confronted Dotson and questioned him, he pulled out a gun and fired a shot. Huntsville police returned fire and Dotson was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Huntsville police are investigating the shooting to determine if Dotson was shot by police or if his injury was self-inflicted, Benton said. Horry County authorities are working with Huntsville authorities on the case.

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