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Suspect removes ex-girlfriend at gunpoint, shot by victim's brother

HENDERSON CO., July 26, 2013—According to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, On Wednesday, July 24, James Dotson, age 40, drove to a residence located in the Cherokee Shores Subdivision in the northeast part of Henderson County. He entered the residence, and placed a gun to the head of his ex-girlfriend, 36 year-old Michelle Black. Dotson instructed Black to walk outside, where the two climbed into a pick-up truck.

Black’s brother, 34 year-old Michael Jennings, was also at the residence at the time of the incident. As Dotson began driving away from the home, Jennings got his gun and fired a warning shot.

Dotson returned to the house. According to police, Dotson exited the truck and made an offensive move toward Jennings, at which time Jennings shot Dotson in the stomach.

Dotson was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he remains in critical condition.

Black and Jennings were unharmed during the incident.

According to Sheriff Nutt, Dotson’s motive is unclear and the investigation is ongoing. Sheriff Nutt says Dotson has a criminal history, and is facing multiple charges stemming from this incident which include: three counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon; Burglary of a Habitation; Felon in Possession of a Firearm; and Unlawful Restraint. Sheriff Nut also says the Unlawful Restraint charge could be upgraded to a Kidnapping charge.

No charges have been filed concerning the shooting. “It’s our opinion right now the shooting appears to be self defense,” said Sheriff Nutt. “But all of this investigation will be presented to the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, and probably go before the grand jury.”

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