Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake's statement on fatal shooting of Deputy Chris Dickerson

At sheriff's request Texas Rangers are investigating this incident

At approximately 1:57 a.m,(on December 31, 2019) a Panola County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on FM-10 near FM-2260.

Preliminary information indicates the deputy stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe on the northbound side of FM-10 when the driver suddenly exited the vehicle and fired a weapon at the Deputy. The deputy returned fire and the suspect fled the scene.

Area residents, who had heard the gunshots, found the injured deputy and called for help. The deputy was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect, Gregory DeWayne Newson of Shreveport, La. was apprehended by Shreveport police and will be extradited back to Texas. At our request, the Texas Ranger are investigating this incident.

  We truly appreciate the assistance of the citizens who came to help the deputy and those who called valuable information and helped authorities track down the suspect.

Our hearts are hurting and we ask the community to keep all of our deputies and the family of our fallen officer in your thoughts and prayers.

As a result of the investigation in the beginning stages, there is no additional information available at this time. As information becomes available, it will be released.


Sheriff Kevin Lake


Funeral services for Deputy Chris Dickerson will be held at the Carthage Civic Center at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Visitation will be Friday evening, January 3, 2020 5:30-8:00 pm at the Carthage Civic Center. Please continue to keep his family in your prayers during this very difficult time.

The sheriff's department also issued this statement:

The GoFundMe link we shared for Deputy Dickerson’s family stopped working for some reason. We have since removed it from our page. However, donations can be dropped off at our office any time. Unlike GoFundMe, 100% of donations sent to our office goes to the family. We will hand deliver to the family. Thank you all!

Panola County Texas Sheriff's Office Nicole Woodard
314 W. Wellington
Carthage, Texas


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