CARTHAGE, Texas — An east Texas deputy was shot and killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning and the suspected gunman was later arrested in Shreveport, Louisiana, following a high-speed chase.
The deputy, Chris Dickerson, was an eight-year veteran of the Panola County Sheriff's Office and was one of three deputies recently recognized for saving a woman from a burning home.
At approximately 1:57 a.m.,Dickerson conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Tahoe on northbound Farm-to-Market (FM) 10, near FM 2260 south of Carthage, Texas, when the driver, later identified as 45-year-old Gregory Newsom, suddenly exited his vehicle and fired a weapon numerous times.
"The deputy returned fire and the suspect fled the scene," read a statement from the Panola County Sheriff's Office. "Area residents, who had heard the gunshots, found the injured deputy and called for help."
Dickerson was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Newsom was apprehended by the Shreveport Police Department following an hours-long, high-speed pursuit. He is awaiting extradition back to Texas.
"We truly appreciate the assistance of the citizens who came to help the deputy and to those who called in valuable information and helped authorities track down this suspect," stated Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake. "Our hearts are hurting and we ask the community to keep all of our deputies and the family of our fallen comrade in your thoughts and prayers."
At the request of the Panola County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.