A 28-year-old Texas sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, Dec. 31, authorities said.

Chris Dickerson, who had been with the Panola County sheriff’s office for eight years, was shot six times with a semiautomatic rifle while he was conducting a traffic stop at about 2 a.m., Chief Deputy John Depresca said.

“Area residents, who had heard the gunshots, found the injured deputy and called for help,” a press release from the sheriff’s office, KLTV-TV reported. He later was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The driver who allegedly killed Dickerson was arrested about an hour later in Louisiana following a high-speed police chase, Depresca said.

The driver was identified as Gregory Newson, 47, of Shreveport, Louisiana, The Associated Press reported.

Gregory Newsom, 47, will face a charge of capital murder in the death of officer Chris Dickerson on Dec. 31, 2019. (Shreveport Police Department)

Newsom is expected to be extradited to Texas to face a capital murder charge in the shooting death of a sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.

Dickerson also served in the United States Army as an avionic technician prior to joining the Texas Army National Guard, KYTX-TV reported.

Dickerson leaves behind a wife and two small children.