BELL COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A small town in Bell County is mourning the death of their only full-time police officer and police chief.
“Tragedy has struck our community,” said Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange.
According to the NBC station, KCEN, Little River-Academy’s Police Chief Lee Dixon was shot and killed by a man just after 5 p.m.
Dixon was called to Allison Street and West Main to check on reports of a man with a gun. The officer was asked if he needed help but responded “no.”
A few minutes later, Dixon called for backup and shortly after a call came in for a shooting.
Authorities were able to apprehend the suspect at the scene.
Dixon’s wife, who is a police officer in a nearby town, showed up at the scene of the shooting still in full uniform.
The town of Little River-Academy is just south of Temple.
Dixon’s body will be sent to Dallas for an autopsy.
Bell County has lost four officers in the past year: two Killeen officers, one sheriff’s deputy, and now Dixon.
With additional reporting from KCEN News.