CARTHAGE, Texas (KETK/KTAL) – The Shreveport man accused of fatally shooting of a Panola County deputy has been formally charged following his extradition to East Texas Thursday.
Gregory Dewayne Newson, 47, is accused in the shooting death of 28-year-old Deputy Christopher Dickerson early on the morning of December 31, 2019.
Authorities say Newson abruptly jumped out of his vehicle and opened fire when Deputy Dickerson pulled him over. Investigators believe the wounded deputy was able to return fire before Newson fled the scene.
Newson had been held in Caddo Parish since his arrest in Shreveport about an hour after the slaying after a police chase ended with him crashing and attempting to flee before a police K9 took him into custody. In addition to gunshot wounds, Newson had a punctured lung and broken ribs from the crash.
Newson was handed over into the custody of the Texas Rangers Thursday afternoon and formally charged with capital murder of a peace officer after a Caddo Parish judge ordered his extradition to East Texas. He is currently being held in the Gregg County Jail on $3 million bond.
While the case will be prosecuted in Panola County, Gregg County prosecutor April Sikes has been sworn in to assist the Panola County District Attorney’s Office in the case.
Dickerson’s death prompted a national, and even international, show of support from local police and organizations. Forces from across the country sent their condolences to the Dickerson family and the New York Yankees sent flowers to be put at his gravesite.