UPDATED at 11:10 AM: Burglary In Progress - Possible Armed Robbery Of Dothan Church - One Reported ShotRickey Stokes - Matt Boster
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 16 2017 11:03 PM
DOTHAN: Dothan 911 dispatched units to 2574 Westgate Parkway to a commercial burglary in progress. This is Crossroads Baptist Church.
The initial reports are a suspect was committing a robbery of two persons. The suspect entered through the back door.
Reports are the suspect was shot by one of the robbery victims and possibly deceased. UNCONFIRMED.
Dothan Police are on the scene.
Matt Boster is rolling.
UPDATED @ 12:00 AM
Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish told us that one person was shot and is deceased on the scene. Parrish also said officers used k-9 tracking dogs to see if the suspect was alone and if someone had ran but came up empty.
Parrish said that investigators were in the early stages of the investigation and that no more information could be released at this time. He did confirm that three church employees were here at the time of the incident and none of them were injured.
Reports are UNCONFIRMED the suspect was shot inside the church while robbing church members. Following being shot UNCONFIRMED reports are the suspect ran outside, collapsed and died with stolen money in hand.
On SUNDAY EVENING you commit a armed robbery in GOD'S HOUSE. But little was the suspect prepared that a church member/robbery victim was armed with a firearm.
The suspect is dead on the scene. Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd is on the scene.
UPDATED @ 11:10 AM
On July 16th, 2017 at 2234 hours, Patrol Officers responded to 2574 Westgate Parkway, Crossroads Baptist Church on a Burglary/Robbery call. Officers arrived to find 26 year old black male Steffon Parreese Valentez Tolver deceased in the parking lot.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Tolver entered the back door of the church. Once inside, Tolver robbed the parishioner of approximately $50.00 then attempted to rob a church staff member.
The staff member, fired his personal handgun once, striking Tolver in the upper torso. Tolver fled out the back door and into the parking lot where he succumbed to his injury.