Killing of Arthur Collins in Alabama in 1950


Case summary

Arthur Collins, age 37, a WWII veteran, was killed in 1950 by Highway Patrol Sergeant W. A. Norris in Dothan, Alabama. Collins, who was possibly suffering from mental illness, was allegedly terrorizing his family and neighborhood with a rifle. During a stand-off with numerous police officers, Collins was shot in the head by Norris.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1950-03-11
Location: Dothan, Houston County, Alabama
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: running amok; firing a weapon at police officers; domestic disturbance

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