HALL COUNTY, Ga. – On July 7, we lost Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Dixon after a car full of suspects opened fire on two deputies who were pursuing them as they fled in a stolen car.
On Tuesday, we learned that the very man accused of taking the life of the young deputy had been arrested and locked up on separate charges just days before the fatal shooting.
According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, 17-year-old Hector Garcia-Solis was released from the Hall County Jail on July 2 after being arrested on June 27 for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, felony obstruction of an officer, possession of an open container and striking a fixed object.
He’d only been out of jail for a week and he was already back to breaking the law when police caught up to him.
Both deputies involved in the shooting were injured and were rushed to the hospital, but Dixon succumbed to his wounds. The second deputy remains in critical condition.
Garcia-Solis is now facing a felony murder charge for the death of Deputy Dixon. Brayan Omar Cruz, London Clements, Eric Edgardo Velazquez face party to a crime and felony murder charges.
They are all 17-years-old.
The Hall County Sheriff released details surrounding the fatal shooting at a press conference on Tuesday.
You can view it in its entirety below.
The Hall County sheriff’s deputy was killed on Sunday night after a shootout with several suspects linked to weekend car break-ins and burglaries. The deputy and his fellow officer were attempting to stop the stolen car that the suspects were in when the gunfire broke out.
Law enforcement officials were able to identify and arrest all four of the suspects who were involved in the fatal shooting.
Hall County sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said that as deputies were attempting to stop the car, the suspects crashed and a group jumped out and began running… with the officers giving chase on foot.
The shootout between the deputies and the suspects started in the area of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue in Gainesville shortly after 11 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
One suspect was also reportedly hit during the exchange of gunfire.
“One of the suspects was hit by gunfire and was also taken to the medical center for treatment”
Gainesville police, Gwinnett County police and Georgia State Patrol troopers all assisted in the search and were able to successfully arrest all four suspects.
This is the 42nd officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated in 2019, according to a spokeswoman for the agency.
It’s also the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in Georgia this year.