Authorities charge suspected shooter in deadly Lenoir City shooting

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LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WATE) – The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday charged suspected shooter John Duwayne Dixon Jr. with First Degree Murder and Felon in Possession of a Handgun.

His bond has been set at $850,000.

LCSO released the identities of the victim of a fatal shooting in Lenoir City and the suspected gunman.

Christopher Watson, 34

Christopher Watson, 34, of Lenoir City was shot and killed in a shooting on Tinnel Lane Tuesday. John Dixon Jr., 41, of Lenoir City has been identified as the suspected shooter.

LCSO saying in a release Tuesday night after hours of its preliminary investigation that Watson died from gunshot wounds and the investigation is for the homicide.

John Dixon Jr, 41

According to LCSO, patrol deputies located the suspect’s vehicle on Martel Road and took two suspects into custody shortly after the initial call was received by Loudon County 911.

A female who was with Dixon when he was taken into custody was one of the two individuals detained for investigation but has since been listed as a witness only and released. 

Official charges, including murder, are expected to be placed on Dixon Wednesday, according to the release.

WATE 6 On Your Side is working to learn more and will update as additional information is made available.

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