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Man surrenders to police after allegedly choking Fayetteville officer

Posted December 23, 2014

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— A man accused of choking an off-duty police officer late Monday night at a Fayetteville apartment complex surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 hours after the alleged crime.

Robert Brent Dooley, 44, was arrested on charges of assault inflicting physical injury of a law enforcement officer, assault on a female and resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer in connection with the alleged assault.

It happened around 11:55 p.m. at Crescent Commons Apartments, off Cliffdale Road, where the officer had been investigating a report about someone trying to break into cars.

"She confronted the individual in the parking lot and tried to question him," Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said. "At some point, he tried to side-step the officer, and she blocked his way."

Medlock says Dooley then pushed the officer down and that she chased him behind a set of apartments.

"He slipped and fell. She stopped, gave him commands to stop, at which point he got up, lunged at her, knocked her down and ended up on top of her," Medlock said. "He ended up straddling her and began to choke her."

The officer, fearing for her life, Medlock says, then pulled her service pistol and stuck it into Dooley's chest, prompting him to run off into some nearby woods.

"When she did what she did, this guy made the first smart decision … and that was to get off of her and get away," Medlock said.

The officer's name has not been released, but she is expected to recover and return to full duty.

Police say Dooley could face additional charges.

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  • Tom Smith Dec 23, 2014
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    officers are trained not to run with a drawn weapon. that is how accidental discharges happen. she may very well have been holstered and if so, then it shows she is well trained. if she was not holstered, then I agree with your statement, she needs more training. know something about what you speak before speaking sir

  • Erik Sheahan Dec 23, 2014
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    Police are trained to identify themselves when approaching anyone in the line of duty; that includes when they are on and off duty. Regarding your questions, I would recommend that you contact the Fayetteville police department to get your answers; I'm sure they will be glad to clarify the situation for you.

  • Lester Oliver Dec 23, 2014
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    You know, you could always move to a POLICE STATE, since you are such a cheerleader whether they are in the right or in the wrong. Need help packing?

  • Keith Hayes Dec 23, 2014
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    Some how I don't think that a camera would have helped an OFF DUTY officer very much.

  • Gary Lasereyes Dec 23, 2014

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    Interesting. Why do people believe officer Brown didnt have the right to defend himself as someone was running towards him? Don't get too dizzy trying to spin that one.

  • affirmativediversity Dec 23, 2014

    You know what...had she shot him, white people wouldn't be calling her actions racist...we would consider her having done society a service.

  • Gary Lasereyes Dec 23, 2014

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    Probably because a lot of your "progressive ideas" have been nothing but money pit failures that are broken before they ever get out of committee and never end up helping anyone and they just create more bureaucracy. Yah moving forward indeed.

  • Gary Lasereyes Dec 23, 2014

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    Don't bother, liberals are so used to making excuses for criminals they just cant help themselves anymore

  • marxnsain Dec 23, 2014

    why does asking questions about relevant facts not included in the article infer "hate?"

  • John Smythe Dec 23, 2014
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    He made efforts to strangle her. What do you think the purpose of strangling another person is? What difference does it make if she was in uniform, didn't he see she was a human being??

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