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Suspect in fatal police chief shooting was former officer, deputy in East Texas

David Risner is accused of fatally shooting Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon. (Source: KXXV) David Risner is accused of fatally shooting Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon. (Source: KXXV)
Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon was fatally shot while on a call Thursday. (Source: KXXV) Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon was fatally shot while on a call Thursday. (Source: KXXV)
LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY, TX (KLTV/KXXV) - A man behind bars in connection to the fatal shooting of a small Central Texas town's police chief and only law enforcement officer, has East Texas ties.

KXXV-TV reports 54-year-old Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon responded to a report about a man with a gun around 5p.m. Thursday. Deputies with the Bell County Sheriff's Office initially asked Dixon if he needed assistance and he said no, but later radioed he needed assistance.

When deputies arrived, Chief Dixon was shot and dead at the scene. The man suspected in the fatal shooting is 56-year-old David Risner, he was arrested and is facing charges in connection to the shooting.

Risner, a former law enforcement officer himself, served for 17 years in law enforcement agencies across East Texas. He started as a jailer in 1987 with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office and held positions as peace officer at Wills Point, Edgewood, Gun Barrel City and Grand Saline Police Departments. KLTV archives also show Risner ran for sheriff in Van Zandt County in 1996.

Records on his law enforcement career ended at his last position in Grand Saline in August 2005. 

Bell County Sheriff's Deputies will assist Little River-Academy with patrols now that the city has lost its only and top law enforcement officer.

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