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18 months for Baltimore officer

A Baltimore police officer will spend a year and a half in jail for firing his department-issued handgun at two men who were driving away from him after a bar fight.

Patrick Dotson received a 10-year sentence Thursday, with all but 18 months suspended. He pleaded guilty in July to two counts of first-degree assault.

The shooting happened in March of last year. Prosecutors say Dotson fought with a man outside a bar in Baltimore’s Canton neighborhood. As the man and a friend drove away from the scene, Dotson fired his weapon at their car, and a bullet struck a rear panel near the gas tank.

The 28-year-old Dotson has been suspended since the shooting, and now that he’s been sentenced, the department will begin the process of firing him.

-- The Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | October 1, 2010; 7:54 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore, From the Courthouse  
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Comments

Guess he showed them who was boss. Way to get fired from a career job with excellent retirement and health benefits just to win a bar fight...great thinking!
We won't be seeing this guy on "Jeopardy" tonight...that's for sure.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 1, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering, was the cop trying to wave good-bye at the 2 gentlemen leaving the bar an his gun accidental went off??

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | October 1, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Raidersfan2,
The only thing that could have been worse would be if he'd fired and hit someone's dog.
Man the response anytime a police officer shoots a dog is incredible...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 1, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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