LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY (July 14, 2014) Little River-Academy’s new police chief went to work Monday, less than a month after the man he replaced, Chief Lee Dixon was shot to death.
The Little-River Academy City Council selected Mike Lugo to replace Dixon, 53.
Lugo served as the town’s reserve officer for the past two years and also worked for several years as an officer in Bartlett.
He worked with Dixon only a short time before the deadly shooting.
"He was a really good man. I was very much looking forward to working with him before the tragedy struck," Lugo said.
"He had a lot of really good ideas for the community. He loved the community and really called it his home. I just want to really make sure that his ideas; that his wishes for the community are fully carried out the best way that I can."
Lugo started his law enforcement career after high school, and joined the Williamson County Sheriff's Office as a correctional officer, working in the jail for several years.
"That's where I got my passion for law enforcement," he said. "I went through the police academy here in Texas, spent some time on patrol, and decided I wanted to go back to school. I really wanted to support the community and serve the community any way that I could."
Fire Chief David Borders is among his supporters.
"Yes, he's going to do a great job, he's a great police officer,” Borders said.
"I've known him (since) he was here doing the reserve work and we're very proud to have him here."
Dixon, 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.
Dixon responded alone, but a short time later requested assistance.
Soon after that, authorities began to receive 911 calls about the shooting, Bell County Sheriff’s Lt. Donnie Adams said.
Dixon was shot as he stood on the porch of the home.
David Risner, 57, was charged with capital murder and remains in the Bell County Jail without bond.