UPDATE: Murder and chaos – Abbeville Chief clarifies shooting reports

Abbeville Shooting Victim

UPDATE: The Saturday Abbeville shooting is now a murder. The victim died at Southeast Health early Sunday morning. WDHN will update with more information as it released.

Dothan Police and the Houston County Sheriff’s Office were both on scene at Southeast Health to secure the premises after the shooting in Abbeville. Even that heavy presence of law enforcement wasn’t enough to stop someone in the area from firing gunshots. It is unknown where the gunshots in the area originated from or information about the intended target. More information is expected on this incident as well, and it is believed to be connected to a crowd that gathered at the hospital for the shooting victim. 

Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza arrived at Southeast Health around 11:30 PM and was heard on radio traffic through at least 2:00 AM.


Abbeville, Ala. (WDHN) – A police page in Abbeville Saturday sent a jolt through Wiregrass law enforcement agencies after an original report that an officer was shot. 

In situations where officers are shot, all local departments offer assistance. The response from the region was underway, but was quickly downgraded and clarified. 

WDHN News immediately contacted Abbeville Chief Noel Vanlandingham who clarified what happened. According to the chief, there was no officer shot, but that was the original dispatch. Officers were on a call that required significant assistance. 

The scene where the officers were, near the Abbeville Hardees location, erupted into chaos resulting in one person being shot. WDHN News is still working to clarify if the person was shot before or after police arrived.

The shooting victim was transported to Southeast Health Medical Center in Dothan. The transporting ambulance had police escorts in front and from behind. Dothan Police were also on scene at the E.R. for security purposes.

WDHN will update as further information is released. 

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