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UPDATE: More details in shooting death of only Little River Academy police officer

Chief Lee Dixon Chief Lee Dixon
David Risner David Risner
LITTLE RIVER ACADEMY, TX (KXXV) - Little River Academy's police chief and only police officer is dead after a shooting Thursday evening.

At 5:11 p.m., the Bell County Sheriff's Office says 54-year-old Chief Lee Dixon responded to a complaint about a man with a gun at 102 South Allison St. Authorities say the incident that triggered the complaint that sent Chief Dixon to the scene had occurred earlier Thursday, when a call was made that a man had a weapon there.

Deputies asked Dixon if he needed another unit and he said no. Later, he came back on the radio and asked for a second unit. By the time officers arrived, the officer had been shot and killed.

The suspected shooter, 56-year-old David Risner, was arrested and is expected to face charges. Risner served as a peace officer from 1988 to 2005. Click here to view Risner's law enforcement history.

Dixon was the town's only police officer. Bell County Sheriff's Deputies say they'll now help protect the city.

"The police department is a one man operation. In the past, when they had no officer or when that officer was not on duty, the Bell County Sheriff's Office covered traffic problems," said Lieutenant Donnie Adams.  "We'll continue to do that as long as we need to."

Neighbors say they were shocked to learn Risner was the shooter.

"He was just one of my neighbors," said Kathy Faulk. "I saw him out walking his dog, waved at him. He was a very polite guy. Never dreamed it would have been him."

Deputies cleared the house and found no one else there when they first arrived. They secured the house, then obtained a search warrant before going back through the residence.

Dixon's body will be sent to Dallas for an autopsy. Deputies are still investigating, and got initial help at the scene from Temple, Belton, and Killeen Police Departments. The DPS Crime Lab is helping with processing the scene. The FBI is also assisting.

If you would like to make a donation to Lee Dixon's family to help with expenses, you can do so by making a donation to the Bell County Sheriff's Department Foundation in Dixon's name.
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