January 3, 2020
Imagine conducting a traffic stop on a colored gentleman without putting on full body armor first.
Funeral services have been announced for a Panola County deputy who was killed Tuesday morning in the line of duty.
Visitation for Deputy Chris Dickerson is scheduled for Friday, January 3, from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., at the Carthage Civic Center. The funeral is slated for Saturday, January 4, at 2 p.m., also at the Carthage Civic Center.
Just before 2 a.m., on New Year’s Eve, Deputy Dickerson, who was identified to CBS19 by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a traffic stop on Farm-to-Market Road 10, near Farm-to-Market Road 2260.
Preliminary information released by the PCSO indicates Deputy Dickerson stopped an SUV on the northbound side of FM 10 when the driver suddenly exited the vehicle and fired a weapon numerous times at the deputy. The deputy returned fire and the suspect drove off.
Area residents who heard the gunshots, including a volunteer firefighter, found Deputy Dickerson and called for help. The deputy was taken to an area hospital where he later died.
The suspect, identified as 47-year-old Gregory Newson, was captured by Shreveport police and will be extradited back to Texas. He is charged with capital murder which would make him eligible for the death penalty, if convicted.
RSHV News 1 in Shreveport reports Newson led authorities on a high-speed chase for an hour before crashing on Highway 3132, near the West 70th Street exit in Shreveport. More than 30 units were working the scene of the crash Tuesday morning.