7-year-old witnessed brutal car salesman slaying

A 7-year-old stood near the lifeless body of a 57-year-old car salesman who was shot during an apparent home invasion robbery in the Bayview.

It is yet another disturbing detail to emerge from the grisly incident in the 2000 block of Palou Avenue around 11 p.m. on Sept. 14.

Dennis Wayne Dixon, 57, was shot dead soon after two thugs rang the doorbell of his home. Words were exchanged. Gunfire erupted. And after Dixon was gunned down, the salesman’s 25-year-old stepson, Dejon, was pistol-whipped, police said. Dejon survived the attack.

Neighbors called cops, who arrived before the assailants had left the home, police said. Below is the police account of what occurred:

“Bayview officers … found the door to the residence ajar. [They] quietly entered the residence and walked right into a [grisly] scene. Two men were standing over a third, who was suffering from a head wound.

“There was also a lifeless body on the floor nearby with a frightened 7-year-old child [visiting relative of Dixon] in the room looking on. The two suspects looked up, saw the officers, and immediately attempted to flee.

“One was immediately apprehended as he tried to push through the officers; while the other made it to the back of the house and jumped out a second-story rear window.

“Back-up units arrived on scene simultaneously. The coordination to apprehend the second [suspect] was implemented flawlessly. As one set of officers was rendering aid to the victims inside the home, another group sprinted downstairs and into the yard in the rear of the house — arresting the second suspect before he could make good on his escape.

“[Guns] were recovered as well as a substantial amount of additional physical evidence. The responding officers did all this … in the pitch dark without fear or trepidation.”

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