PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) — The Panola County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect in the fatal shooting of a deputy early Tuesday morning opened fire on the law enforcement officer during a traffic stop and nearby residents who heard the gunfire used his radio to call for help.
The deputy’s name has not yet been released, but in a brief news conference late Tuesday morning, Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake said the shooting happened during a traffic stop just before 2 a.m. on FM-10 near FM-2260. 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 and the suspect, now identified as 47-year-old Gregory DeWayne Newson of Shreveport, fled the scene.
According to Sheriff Lake, 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.
“We truly appreciate the assistance of the citizens who came to help the deputy and those who called in valuable information and helped authorities track down this suspect,” Lake said Tuesday. “Our hearts are huring and we ask the community to keep all of our deupties and the family of our fallen officer in your thoughts and prayers.”
Newson was captured just before 3 a.m. in West Shreveport after an officer spotted him in a GMC Yukon on Pines Road near Wesport Avenue and attempted to stop him. That led to a brief high-speed chase, according to an SPD affidavit detailing his arrest.
Police say Newson sped off down Pines Rd. and W. 70th St. before crashing out on Buncombe Road, where a police K-9 assisted officers in taking Newson into custody. Newson was treated for a dog bite before being booked into the Shreveport City Jail for flight in vehicle and being a fugitive.
The affidavit notes that Newson “is wanted in the shooting of a Panola Sheriff Deputy early this morning.”
The Panola County Sheriff’s office is waiting for Newson to be extradited back to East Texas, where he is now wanted on a warrant for capital murder of a peace officer.
Texas Rangers are investigating the incident at the request of the Panola County Sheriff’s Office.
Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a statement on the deputy’s death in the line of duty:
“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.”
A prayer vigil will be held Wednesday for the slain officer at Still Waters Cowboy Church in Carthage.
ORIGINAL: PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — An East Texas sheriff’s department is mourning one of their own this morning.
KGAS says Sheriff Kevin Lake confirmed multiple Texas Rangers are taking over the investigation, and one person has been taken into custody.
The deputy’s name will not be released until next of kin has been notified.
KETK has reached out to the Panola County Sheriff’s Office for more details and we’re awaiting a call back.
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