Suspect In Death Of Local Police Chief Indicted

David Risner (Jail photo)
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LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY (August 28, 2014) The suspect in the June shooting death of Little River-Academy police Chief Lee Dixon was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on a capital murder charge.

David Gene Risner, 57, himself a former police officer, was named Wednesday in connection with the June 19 shotgun shooting of Chief Lee Dixon, was held Thursday in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $16,500 bond on five misdemeanor charges and without bond on the capital murder charge, Bell County Jail online records show.

Dixon, 53, who started on the job in May, was shot and killed early in the evening on June 19 after responding to a report of a man with a gun at a house in the area of Main and Allison Streets.

Jail records show Risner lived in a home on Allison St.

The affidavit submitted for the arrest warrant says Risner called 911 and told a dispatcher that he had shot a police officer.

The affidavit says Dixon was shot twice with a shotgun.

Records obtained through an open records request from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement show that Risner started his law enforcement career in November 1987 as a jailer in Van Zandt County, spent three months with the Wills Point Police Department and four months with the Edgewood Police Department in 1988 and then spent more than three years with the Gun Barrel City Police Department from late 1988 to late 1991.

In January 1992 he returned to the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office where he remained until April 1994.

From April 1994 to August 1997 he worked for the Edgewood Police Department and then spent one month at the Gun Barrel City Police Department before joining the Grand Saline Police Department where he served from September 1997 to August 2005.

Risner was arrested on Dec. 11, 2013 in Temple for failure to identify and resisting arrest and was released the same day on bond, Bell County Jail records show.

Online records also show a December 2008 arrest for deadly conduct-discharge of a firearm, but no further details were provided.

Dixon was a police officer in the town of about 2,000 residents south of Temple a decade ago and was hired in May as chief after serving as a Milam County sheriff's deputy.

He was the fourth officer to die in the line of duty in Bell County in less than a year.

Former Bell County Constable Luis Cortez was hired August 21 as police officer in Little River.