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Police report provides more information about shooting involving Marshall player

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A Marshall University football player was shot last weekend and uncooperative with police, according to a police report gained through a Freedom of Information request by WSAZ-TV Friday.

Damien Dozier, 20, an MU defensive lineman from Raleigh, North Carolina, was shot in the early morning hours of June 25 on 6th Avenue in Huntington. Police found a stolen gun near the scene along with a bag of what they believed to be heroin, according to the report.

Dozier was found on 7th Avenue. He told Huntington police he was walking near 19th Street and 6th Avenue when he was approached by three men who opened fire.

The police report said Dozier was “extremely” intoxicated and didn’t want to cooperate either at the scene or later at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was treated for a gunshot wound and released.

Following inquires from the media, the Marshall Athletics Department put out a statement Wednesday.

“We are aware of the shooting of one of our student-athletes, who is on the way to making a full recovery. The individual’s family has been notified, but we are unable to provide further details due to federal privacy laws.”

WSAZ-TV filed the Freedom of Information request after it originally had trouble getting the police report from the Huntington Police Department.

Dozier played in 11 games last year for the Thundering Herd. He had 16 tackles and one sack.

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