PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KETK) An East Texas sheriff’s department is mourning one of their own this morning.
According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Chris Dickerson was shot and killed around 2 a.m. Tuesday, while conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of Farm to Market Road 10 and Farm-to-Market Road 2260.
Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake said the deputy stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe on the north side of FM-10 when the driver suddenly got out of the vehicle and fired a weapon. The deputy returned fire.
The Texas Rangers are on scene, along with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office criminal division processing evidence.
Area residents who heard the gunshots found the injured deputy and called for help. The deputy was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The suspect, now identified as, Gregory Newsom, according to KGAS, was able to leave the scene, but was arrested in Shreveport on Bumcombe Road after crashing his car and being chased on foot.
He had to be taken down by a K9 officer and was treated for a dog bite.
A warrant for capital murder of a peace officer has been issued, for Newsom, and Panola County is awaiting extradition.
A prayer vigil will be held Wednesday for the officer killed at Still Water Cowboy Church in Carthage.
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Governor Gregg Abbott released the following statement about this tragedy:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Deputy killed in the line of duty and with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office as they deal with the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy. We must never forget the solemn oath our law enforcement officers take to protect and keep our communities safe. We must also ensure that the perpetrator faces swift justice. I ask that all Texans join Cecilia and me in remembering the sacrifice and service of this brave sheriff’s Deputy.”GOVERNOR GREGG ABBOTT
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the news that a Panola County Sheriff’s Deputy was killed in the line of duty:
“Early this morning another law enforcement officer on duty was gun downed in Panola County after a traffic stop. This young officer leaves a grieving family and two young children behind. This is the 18th officer killed in the line of duty in Texas this year and the third this month. We’ve lost 41 officers in the line of duty in the last 5 years in Texas alone and hundreds nationwide. Please pray for this family, the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and all law enforcement everywhere. They stand between a civilized society and total lawlessness. This violence against police must end. The first thing that must happen is the rhetoric from the radical, anti-police left, which fuels violence and hate against the brave men and women of law enforcement, must stop. It’s time for all elected officials in both parties and all Americans to come together as one, as we did after the 9/11 attack, to support our police. If we don’t, it will only get more difficult to find great men and women to take on this critical role for all of us.”
Several surrounding sheriff’s offices and community members have already posted to social media to share their condolences.
Shot and Killed In The Line Of Duty this morning in Texas – Our prayers are with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and family of their Deputy who was killed. We will post details. *can’t even end the year quietly – just heartbreaking*— True Blue Warriors (@TruBluWarriors) December 31, 2019
Please pray for our community, the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and especially the family of the deputy killed in the line of duty. Our thoughts, our love, and our prayers are with you.— CarthageISD (@CarthageISD) December 31, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. pic.twitter.com/g8Br7aBWFL— ETCOG (@EastTexasCOG) December 31, 2019
The Pflugerville ISD Police Department sends our condolences & prayers for peace and comfort to the family of Deputy Chris Dickerson and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office blue family. Rest easy brother, we have it from here. 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/BZKZg2JP5Y— Pflugerville ISD Police Department (@pfisd_police) December 31, 2019
2019 has been a painful year filled with line of duty deaths. 💔 Our prayers to Panola County Sheriff’s Office and the loved ones of their fallen deputy. 🕊 pic.twitter.com/9T2Sd7ZztN— Belton Police Dept (@BeltonPolice) December 31, 2019
Another Texas Hero’s life was cut short this morning. During a traffic stop, a Panola County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot and killed. Please pray for the deputy’s family, friends, and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. #EnoughIsEnough #Pray4Police https://t.co/FbLVy69ICg pic.twitter.com/SGxmjRJN3d— Houston Police Officers’ Union (@HPOUTX) December 31, 2019
Another warrior down. Panola County.— Shannon Sharp (@theimtguy) December 31, 2019
Shot and killed on a traffic stop
Please pray for our community, the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and especially the family of the deputy killed in the line of duty. Our thoughts, our love, and our prayers are with you.— John Wink (@JohnWink90) December 31, 2019