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Jacksonville policeman shot during drug raid

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Editor’s Note: This story was first published on the web site and has since been updated throughout.

A Jacksonville city police officer was shot last Friday morning serving a drug search warrant on a rural Pulaski County home close to Cabot.

Mark Lyle Dodson, 53, of 2327 Backbone Road has been arrested on a charge of criminal attempt to commit capital murder, according to Lt. Carl Minden, a spokesman for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Dodson was treated for his injuries at Baptist Health-Springhill and released on Tuesday, Minden said.

Jacksonville Police Capt. Kenny Boyd said one of his department’s SWAT team officers was shot during the serving

of the warrant.

“The officer has been treated and released from the hospital,” Boyd said.

On Monday, Boyd announced that three Jacksonville officers have been placed on Administrative Leave pending investigation of the Nov. 22 officer-involved shooting on Backbone Road.

Officer Jerry Keefer, a 12-year veteran, who was wounded in the exchange of gun fire, who was treated and released from a local hospital.

The others are Officer John Alberson, a 15-year veteran and Sgt. Christopher Schultz, a seven-year veteran.

Minden said there will be additional charges against Dodson pending further investigation.

“Dodson has no previous book-in information in the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility,” Minden said.

Minden said Dodson fired a shot at officers first. The Jacksonville police officer, Keefer, was shot in the arm. Officers returned fire and Dodson was shot.

Boyd said Keefer’s identity was not released initially until he was able to notify his family of the incident.

Dodson was being interviewed at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division on Tuesday.

“After the interview, Mr. Dodson was booked into the [jail] with the charges depicted on the attached arrest disposition report,” Minden said.

Dodson’s listed charges are criminal attempt capital murder and first-degree battery.

According to the arrest report, a court date for Dodson has been set for 9 a.m. on Jan. 7 in the Pulaski County District Court.

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