DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan Police have released the identity of the man they say struck a victim with a shovel after an argument Friday afternoon.

Mark Vaudo, 43, of Dothan has now been charged with first-degree assault, according to jail records.

Injuries to the victim consisted of a skull fracture, broken facial bones, and a mangled ear, according to police.

Vaudo was treated and released from the hospital for a minor injury to his arm.

Vaudo is currently in the Houston County Jail with a bond set at $30,000.

Photo from the scene of the incident

Stay with WDHN News for updates on this case and the condition of the victim.


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan Police have detained a suspect they say seriously injured a person with a shovel.

Two people were involved in an argument at a home on the 100 block of East Lafayette Street in Dothan on Friday morning. During the argument police say the suspect hit the victim in the head with a shovel.

The victim received serious but non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Southeast Health and are currently being transferred to another hospital for treatment.

When police detained the suspect, he complained of arm pain. Dothan Police say he is being treated for that injury, but it is currently unknown if that injury came before or during the argument.

Once the suspect has been treated, he will then be brought in for questioning. Witnesses are still being interviewed. A formal arrest and charges are still pending in this investigation.

The suspect could be facing second-degree assault charges but those could be upgraded to first-degree assault charges pending the condition of the suspect, according to police.

Stay with WDHN News for updates.