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Alleged Falls shooter captured, arraigned

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man accused of using a shotgun to shoot a man in the arm during a Jan. 25 robbery attempt was held without bail at his arraignment Friday in Niagara County Court.

Donald Dolson, 22, had skipped a March 31 arraignment. He was in Georgia attending a funeral, a public defender said at the time.

On Friday, Dolson said, “I wasn’t running. I was trying to contact the courts before my March 31 court appearance to tell them I couldn’t make it.”

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell noted that Dolson, who was captured in the Falls Wednesday, didn’t follow the court staff’s instructions to turn himself in. He ran from police after giving a false name and threatened to harm the arresting officer and the officer’s son, Caldwell said.

The shooting victim remains hospitalized with an infection in his arm, and there’s a question of whether the arm can be saved, Caldwell said. She also told Judge Sara Sheldon that on March 24, police found Dolson was the passenger in a vehicle they stopped, and they found a live shotgun shell that matched the one used in the Jan. 25 shooting.

Dolson also was arrested Feb. 9 on charges of possessing drugs and a stolen computer hard drive, the prosecutor said.