Hero Down: Panola County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dickerson Murdered By Gunman

Panola County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chris Dickerson was murdered in the line of duty early Tuesday morning.

Gary, TX – Panola County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Deputy Chris Dickerson was murdered in the line of duty during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.

The incident began at 1:57 a.m., when Deputy Dickerson pulled a vehicle over on Farm-to-Market Road 10, The Panola Watchman reported.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 45-year-old Gregory DeWayne Newson, “suddenly exited the vehicle and fired a weapon numerous times at the deputy,” Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake told the paper in a statement.

Newson used a semi-automatic rifle during the attack, Panola County Chief Deputy John Depresca said, according to KSLA.

Deputy Dickerson was hit six times.

Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Dickerson immediately returned fire, The Panola Watchman reported.

Newson managed to escape.

Area residents heard the gunfire and raced outside to help the wounded deputy, The Panola Watchman reported.

A citizen located Deputy Dickerson’s radio lying in the road and used it to call dispatch for help.

Officer Dickerson was rushed to UT Heath Carthage, where he succumbed to his wounds approximately an hour later.

Police later spotted Newson’s vehicle, leading to an hour-long high-speed chase, KYTX reported.

The suspect ultimately crashed on Highway 3132 near the West 70th Street exit in Shreveport.

He fled into the woods on foot, but was eventually apprehended with the assistance of a K9 unit, according to KGAS.

Newson was arrested on charges of fugitive and flight in vehicle and was booked into the Shreveport City Jail, The Panola Watchman reported.

He will be extradited back to Panola County on a warrant for capital murder of a police officer.

Newson could face the death penalty if convicted, KYTX reported.

The Texas Rangers and over two dozen law enforcement units responded to the area to help investigate the fatal altercation.

Deputy Dickerson, an eight-year veteran-of-the-force, leaves behind a wife and two small children, according to KSLA.

“Our hearts are hurting,” Sheriff Lake said, according to The Panola Watchman. "This young man gave his life doing what he was put on this Earth to do.”

The sheriff said that Deputy Dickerson was “as dedicated as they come.”

“We ask the community to keep all of our deputies and the family of our fallen officer in your thoughts and prayers,” he said.

Panola County Precinct 1 Commissioner Ronnie LaGrone said that Officer Dickerson was “ambushed” during a “cold-blooded attack,” The Panola Watchman reported.

“[This] senseless crime just took the life of a young father, a protector, a lover of his job," he continued. “We want [local law enforcement] to know that we’re behind them always.”

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick denounced the anti-police sentiment that fuels attacks on law enforcement officers.

“This violence against police must end,” Patrick said in a statement. “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,” the lieutenant governor warned.

Patrick asked for Americans to pray for Deputy Dickerson’s family, and for all law enforcement officers.

“They stand between a civilized society and total lawlessness,” he said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also issued a statement on Tuesday morning.

“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," Abbott said, according to KTBS. "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,” the governor added. “I ask that all Texans join Cecilia and me in remembering the sacrifice and service of this brave sheriff's deputy.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Panola County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Dickerson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Deputy Chris Dickerson, your life mattered.

Comments (28)
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DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspect.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, Deputy Dickerson. May God comfort your family, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service to your community.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

My thoughts and prayers to your wife and little one. You will be missed by them, your family and community for your selfless service....Rest in peace, you are owed that.

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

Time to rid the streets of these gutter rats!! Immediate death for cop killers!!

bryantrent
bryantrent

May god be with you Deputy Dickerson thank you for your service

gfc1963
gfc1963

That pos should have been executed immediately instead of getting a probable sentence of life in jail.

RunningFromNY
RunningFromNY

This killing of officers has got to end. I have no idea how to accomplish that goal, but it is obvious that something must be done.

I am 66 years old and do not recall this level of violence against our protectors in the past. It wounds the heart every day when these evil killings occur. I have my own opinion (apparently shared by some on this site) as to how we got here and who bears primary responsibility. I think there has been, shall we say, a fundamental transformation in attitudes towards law enforcement -- and not for the better. The question is whether there is a way to go back to 11 years ago before this cultural assault on police gained a full head of steam. That is the question and issue for 2020 and beyond.

All good people take comfort in the fact that, unlike many others, Deputy Dickerson is looking down - not up - at us. But I am certain he is wondering how our Country could have come to this low point.

God's blessings on the Deputy and his family, both blood and blue.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Another death chalked up to Obama I'm wondering when that P,O,S will be held accountable for what he did to America

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Another piece of shit Negro who is a waste of oxygen and needs to be put down like all rabid animals are!!

Hope72911
Hope72911

Deputy Dickerson did not deserve to be executed like he was. In fact nobody deserves that. It doesn't matter what color your skin is. 7 and a half years ago while I was working for a police dept I remember officers being executed quite a bit.... but nothing like it is now. It's crazy and stupid. I just wish all the innocent people who are working to keep us all safe could figure out a way to avoid being murdered while doing there jobs

Deputy Dickerson you and your family and all who work to keep us safe.... are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hopefully justice will be done and that POS WILL BE EXECUTED FOR MURDERING OFFICER DICKERSON. 🙏😭👼😟

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another hoodrat usual suspect!👎

LeoDad
LeoDad

I die a little bit every time I hear that one of our LEO heroes has been killed by another scumbag. I pray each night for the safety of my son and all men and women in blue. Traffic stops and DV situations are the most dangerous things an officer can do. Please be safe out there.

Wendy1148
Wendy1148

Throw the book at the perp....no ifs, ands, or buts...all the way!!! This HAS to stop!

We9erfam
We9erfam

Rest Esay now Dpty. Dickerson you're fellow Leo's will take the watch from here and will watch over you're family as there own. Fallen but never Forgotten

AM2755
AM2755

Thank you for your service Brother, Rest In Peace.