Patrol Officer Louis David Dixon

Patrol Officer Louis David Dixon

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, April 24, 1974

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Louis David Dixon

Officer Louis Dixon and Officer Charles Bokinskie were shot and killed while attempting to stop a truck loaded with marijuana in Nogales, Arizona. During the pursuit the suspect opened fire on the officers. Both officers returned fire, wounding the suspect.

The suspect vehicle suddenly stopped causing Officer Dixon to apply the brakes. The patrol vehicle slid next to the suspect's vehicle and came to a stop. The suspect opened fire on the officers, striking Officer Bokinskie in the patrol car, causing him to drop his shotgun out of the window.

The suspect picked up the shotgun and continued to exchange shots with Officer Dixon, fatally wounding him. The suspect was also shot several times and died a short time later after crashing his vehicle into a ravine while attempting to flee the scene.

Officer Dixon was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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When I moved from Tucson ASB in AZ in 1978 to Miami I wanted to go to the San Rafael Valley to the location of the murder of Bud and Bo and wish them a final farewell. I didn't get the chance. I attended Buds' funeral services in Wilmington, NC in 1974 and went with him to the mountains where he was interred in Clyde, NC. I moved to Murphy,NC in 2010 and didn't realize that I was only 85 miles from Clyde, NC where Bud was laid to rest. I'll be traveling to Clyde on the 23rd of April to put flowers on his grave, pay my respects and bid him a final farewell. Still miss him.

Special Agent (retired)
U.S. Customs

April 20, 2016

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