A Carthage man who police said shot two women, killing one, and who briefly kidnapped a toddler before holding a 10-hour standoff with police has been indicted by a Panola County grand jury, records show.

Jeffrey Mickens, 47, has been indicted on one count of murder, one count of attempted/capital murder of a peace officer, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Mickens was arrested by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office in February 2018, after police said he killed Elania Johnson, 44, of Longview and shot Raven Dotrey, 21, of Longview at a home on Private Road 622 off of County Road 222 in Holland’s Quarters in northwest Panola County. Dotrey’s 2-year-old daughter, who was there during the shooting, was found safe and was taken to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview at the time.

Deputies with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting call on Private Road 622 around 10 p.m. Feb. 21, with the caller reporting more than one victim and that the shooter had left in one of the victims’ cars with a small child still in the car seat.

Before arriving at the scene of the shooting, police said responding officers found an abandoned car matching the description of the shooter’s car with shattered glass on the passenger’s side and an empty car seat on County Road 222. Police said they later determined that a passerby who lives in the community saw Dotrey’s daughter in the car, removed her and took her to his house to call 911.

When officers arrived at the shooting scene, police said they found Johnson dead and lying face down, having been shot six times. Dotrey was shot three times in the torso, police said.

Dotrey told police that when they got to Micken’s home, he got into an argument with Johnson and fired several shots into the car while her daughter was still in the car seat in the back.

Police said Dotrey was able to get out of the car while Mickens reloaded his six-shot revolver. Johnson put the car in gear, but struck the corner of an adjacent house while trying to get away. It was then, police said, that Mickens ran to the car and pulled her out of the driver’s seat before getting in the car and fleeing the scene. Dotrey’s daughter was still in the back seat, police said.

Mickens abandoned the car and Dotrey’s daughter, going back to the shooting scene on foot, police said. Mickens then snuck into his neighbor’s house, police said. When deputies were searching the neighboring houses, a shot rang out from where Mickens was, police said. The bullet narrowly missed a deputy standing just next to the door, police said.

Deputies were able to reach Mickens through a cell phone after taking cover, police said. It was then Mickens told them he “intended to commit ‘suicide by cop’” and fired more shots through the front door, police said.

A negotiator spent the next 10 hours talking with Mickens, police said. Mickens fired at least nine more shots from inside the house, police said.

Police said Mickens surrendered without resistance within minutes, throwing his gun out of a window, after officers fired tear gas into the home.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.