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June 22, 2014
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Man charged in shooting death of Texas chief

David Risner has been charged with capital murder of a police officer. He has been accused of killing Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon Thursday

By Claire Osborn
Austin American-Statesman

BELL COUNTY, Texas — David Risner has been charged with capital murder of a police officer. He has been accused of killing Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon Thursday night in Bell County.

Dixon was shot by a shotgun on the left side of his face, said Little River-Academy Mayor Ronnie White.

White said Dixon had filled out a partial police report about a disturbance involving Risner when he went to Risner's house to interview him.

The disturbance occurred when Risner was driving behind a tractor and pulled around to pass it, White said. Risner nearly struck another car head-on, White said.

The person in the other car confronted Risner and then went to Dixon's office and talked to Dixon about it, said White.

Dixon was the perfect police chief for Little River-Academy, the mayor said.

"Lee was a plain old country boy, no macho-cop deal, no walking around tough," said White. "You could make fun of him and he would make fun of you."

White, 70, has been mayor of the community since 1987. He said he has received numerous calls from residents praising Dixon since the chief was killed.

Cheri Bolin first realized something was wrong when her daughter ran inside to tell her that she had heard a gunshot Thursday evening.

Bolin called 911 and stepped outside her house in the community of Little River-Academy in Bell County to see what was happening, she said.

That's when she saw the town's police chief, Lee Dixon, lying on the front porch of her neighbor's house, she said.

"There were immense amounts of blood coming out of him," she said.

She said she also saw her neighbor, David Risner, a former police officer, standing inside and looking through his front screen door at Dixon.

About two minutes later Risner stepped outside with a phone in one hand and started administering cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to Dixon with the other hand, she said.

Bell County deputies then arrived, surrounded the house and ordered Risner to drop to his knees, she said.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Copyright 2014 Austin American-Statesman






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