Friday, January 24, 2014

TOP STORY >> DEA gives awards to JPD team

Leader staff writer

Drug Enforcement Admin-istration officials presented the Jacksonville SWAT team certificates of appreciation on Jan. 13 at the Jacksonville Police Department, 1400 Marshall Road, for its role in a Nov. 22 shooting in north Pulaski County.

When the team arrived early that morning at 2327 Backbone Road to search the home for narcotics, Mark Dodson, 53, allegedly opened fire on them using a 16-gauge shotgun.

Dodson was seriously injured when police returned fire, but he recovered.

He has been charged with felony counts of criminal attempt to commit capital murder and first-degree battery.

As of Friday, Dodson was being held at the Pulaski County jail on a $250,000 bond. His plea and arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 10 in room 220 of the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock.

Officer Jerry Keefer was shot in the face and shoulder, while Sgt. Chris Schultz caught a few bullets in his vest. Keefer is a 12-year veteran of the department. He was released from the hospital a few hours after the shooting.

Schultz is a 7-year veteran of the department.