Deputy Sheriff William Christopher Dickerson

Deputy Sheriff William Christopher Dickerson

Panola County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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William Christopher Dickerson

Deputy Sheriff Chris Dickerson was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on FM 10 near FM 2260 in Gary City at 2:00 am.

During the stop the driver suddenly exited the vehicle and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, shooting Deputy Dickerson six times. Nearby residents who heard the gunshots found Deputy Dickerson in the roadway. He was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The subject who shot him fled to Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was apprehended by a police canine after being involved in a vehicle crash. He was extradited and indicted on capital murder charges.

Deputy Dickerson was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Panola County Sheriff's Office for eight years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender In custody

traffic stop

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My dear friend, we all miss you each and every day still. Your smile and laugh was so contagious and that is what I see every day. I wish they would have posted one of those pictures with your genuine smile showing your GENUINE, GENEROUS compassion for others. It is not mentioned in the biography that You were a Dispatcher for Carthage Police Department on your nights off to help support your family, you were a Volunteer for the Carthage Fire Department and still continuing to serve in the military under National Guard, not withstanding your coaching in sports with the kids. When we worked together in Dispatch at the Sheriff's Office, while becoming Triple-certified (Jailer, Dispatcher, Peace Officer), I often wondered when you slept and how you thrived in everything you did and maintained such a positive, humble, but charismatic attitude that kept everyone entertained and smiling. It's September, 2021 and you are STILL around us every single day and we miss you. Your killer has not come to justice, yet... but he will in this life, or the next. We know that you are a great addition in Heaven, making everyone laugh like you did here on this earth. We will try to continue on and take it from here, for you until we see you again (and probably soon). We love and miss you Dickerson. I hope that all of the other agencies and anyone else who reads about you, will realize what a profound loss it was to lose you. You were an asset to this community and this world. Thank you for ALL of your services!! Red line, thin gold line, blue line - you did it all and you did it well! Well done thy GOOD and FAITHFUL Servant!

Karen England / TCO Dispatch
Panola County and Friend

September 19, 2021

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