Suspected Sheffield officer sued for $ 375,000 during Muscle Shoals shootout


A Sheffield police officer who ignited a fire in a shootout in Mast Shoals on Friday killed another officer and is being sued, police said.

Lieutenant Max Dotson is suing Brian Lansing Martin for $ 375,000 in damages. The two-page lawsuit was filed in Colbert County Circuit Court this afternoon.

The suit claims that Martin was “the nearest cause of reckless and willful acts,” while Dotson suffered bodily harm, mental anguish and emotional distress.

According to the suit, Dotson was shot twice by a .45 caliber handgun in the upper left chest of his heart area. Dotson was rescued from a bulletproof vest, police said Friday.

Nick Risner, 40, an eight-year veteran of the Sheffield Police Department, was shot during the encounter and died Saturday from his injuries.

Authorities say Muscle Shoals cops believed to be a hit-and-run on Avalon Avenue around 2pm last Friday, which, police said, shot William Meilback Jr. and then threw him out of his own car.

The suspects of both killings, identified by police as Martin, fled and another vehicle collided at a nearby intersection. Using witness information on the spot, police alerted the vehicle, which was found in nearby Sheffield. Police say Martin was chased, eventually returned to Muscle Shoals and driving past the old Southgate Mall.

Officers stopped Martin, who opened fire on the officers. Multiple officers were shot and Martin was wounded, police officials said.

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