Gun probe widens

Published 11:37 pm Monday, June 25, 2007

By By Adam Prestridge – for the standard
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office wants to determine whether two deputies followed procedure during an altercation that led to the shooting of an Atmore man.
The sheriff's office plans to conduct an internal investigation, beginning Monday.
Escambia County transportation officer Jimmy Payne shot Dayshawn Dixon, 21, of Atmore in the neck while attempting to serve an order to commit his brother, 19-year-old Derrick Dixon. The investigation has been handed over to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, but Escambia County Chief Deputy John Gleaton said Friday that he will begin an internal investigation this week.
According to Sheriff Grover Smith, Deputy Bruce Shue and Payne went to the Dixon home located on Fourth Street to serve a civil court order that had been signed in Escambia County Probate Court by the man's mother. Smith said Dayshawn Dixon became involved in the altercation and threatened officers with a screwdriver. Officers ordered Dixon to stand down, but he refused. That's when Payne shot the oldest brother.
Family members said after the shooting that Dixon did not make any threats.
Gleaton said no results have been provided by ABI pertaining to its investigation.
Gleaton said the internal investigation must begin before ABI completes theirs for fear one would influence the other.
Dayshawn Dixon remained in a Pensacola hospital.