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Suspect now facing attempted murder in Gadsden deputy shooting

GCSO has identified the deputy who was shot as Chicara Hearns.
LCSO says 38-year-old Dexter Antonio Lawson has been arrested following an incident in the 5800...
LCSO says 38-year-old Dexter Antonio Lawson has been arrested following an incident in the 5800 block of North Monroe Street Tuesday afternoon.(Leon County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 10:46 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2021 at 1:59 PM EST
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GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - A Gadsden County man is now facing attempted murder charges after authorities say he rammed a deputy’s car and opened fire.

Dexter Lawson, 38, was arrested Tuesday after a chase, shooting and manhunt off Jamieson Road in Havana.

Leon County court records show he is facing stolen car charges in Leon County and arrest warrants have now been filed in Gadsden County for two counts of attempted murder and two counts of tampering with evidence.

The Gadsden County deputy was shot repeatedly. The sheriff’s office identified the deputy who was shot as Chicara Hearns. Pictures released by the Florida Highway Patrol Tuesday evening show at least five bullet holes in the side of her patrol car.

A Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman says Hearns is recovering from surgery and is in stable condition as of Wednesday morning.

Lt. Anglie Holmes says they do expect her to make a full recovery.

Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young addressed the community Wednesday afternoon. You can watch the press conference at this link or below.

Young said three bullets hit Hearns, but all three of them were somewhat stopped by her bulletproof vest and missed all of her major organs.

“This particular vest, along with the good lord, saved our deputy,” said Young.

Young also said Hearns should be out of the hospital in five to six days.

Leon County court records list Lawson’s address as the Westgate Community in Tallahassee, but Florida Department of Corrections records show an address on Forest Circle in Havana, not far from the scene of the crash and shooting.

Arrest papers filed with the Leon County Clerk of Courts accuse Lawson of stealing a McNeill Plumbing truck from outside a Hardees on North Monroe Street around noon on Tuesday.

Arrest papers say the workers turned off the truck, but left the keys in the ignition, as they went inside to use the restroom and get lunch.

Arrest papers say a camera inside the truck showed Lawson behind the wheel and a GPS onboard allowed deputies to track the truck to Gadsden County.

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