June 11, 2019 – In Breaking News – Los Angeles Times
Five Gainesville teens believed to be connected to last week’s fatal shooting of 28-year-old Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon have been arrested, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday.
Jiovanny Castillo, 17, Antony Macias, 18, Adrian Gonzalez Verduzco, 18, Rodolfo Rodriguez Puentes, 17 and Jorge Rodriguez, 19, were charged with tampering with evidence and hindering the apprehension of a criminal in connection with Dixon’s July 7 death.
Macias, Verduzco, Puentes and Rodriguez were also charged with theft by receiving stolen property, the GBI said.
(Deputies were attempting to stop a stolen car on Sunday night they thought was involved in several weekend auto burglaries when the car they were chasing crashed, according to authorities. Courtesy of 11Alive and YouTube. Posted on Jul 8, 2019.)
According to the GBI, Dixon was shot shortly after 11 p.m. on July 7 after spotting a car that had been reported stolen.
The car’s four occupants, all of whom are 17 years old, were believed to be involved in a string of thefts, including one at the Double Deuce Pawn Store on July 6.
After leading Dixon on a brief chase, the teens fled the car on foot, though Dixon and another deputy made contact with the driver, 17-year-old Hector Garcia-Solis, who fired a single shot that hit Dixon.
Another deputy returned fire and hit Garcia-Solis multiple times.
Dixon was rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in a patrol car, but was later pronounced dead.
Following Dixon’s murder, the four occupants of the fleeing vehicle — Garcia-Solis, Brayan Cruz, Eric Velazquez and London Clements — were arrested and charged with felony murder.
In the week-and-a-half since the shooting, the GBI, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department have worked “tirelessly” to locate the weapons and other property stolen during the Double Deuce Pawn Store burglary, the GBI said.
(Teens facing charges for the murder of Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon. Courtesy of 11Alive and YouTube. Posted on Jul 9, 2019.)
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy Dixon, both blood and blue. Thank you for your bravery in serving the citizens of Hall County Georgia, with pride and distinction. You will not be forgotten.
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