A police officer in the town of Woodruff was treated and released after he was shot in the arm while serving a warrant Monday morning.
Sgt. Darrell Dawkins was the first member of a team that entered into the home roughly 15 miles south of Spartanburg. Two men were arrested during the incident, included one accused of firing the shot. Dennis Alexander was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession as a convicted felon and distribution of crack cocaine. Police said Alexander immediately surrendered after firing. Also arrested on drug charges was Michael Goggins, who was also in the home at the time.
“He has already been treated and released at the hospital. And he’s doing fine and already chomping at the bit to return to work ” Police Chief Alan Bledsoe told reporters in a Monday briefing. “Obviously, we’re going to let him take a little time off to get better. But he’s doing just fine.”
Bledsoe said the officer did not return fire even after he was shot because he heard a young child in a bedroom. The police chief said Dawkins and other officers on scene had identified themselves before Alexander fired at them.
He praised the team for holding their fire with a toddler present, even though he said shooting back would have been justified under the circumstances. “It’s incredible, the discipline that it takes to keep from returning fire at somebody who just shot you,” the chief said.
The toddler was related to one of the suspects and is now in the custody of a relative, Bledsoe said. He added both Alexander and Goggins have lengthy criminal record and Alexander is forbidden to carry a weapon due to his previous convictions.