The gunman accused of shooting Hall County Deputy Nicholas Dixon during a foot pursuit on Sunday night, July 7, had only been out of jail a few days when the shooting occurred, according to authorities.
Hector Garcia-Solis, 17, was arrested on June 27 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, possession of an open container, felony obstruction of an officer, and striking a fixed object, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).
He was released from jail on July 2, just five days before Dixon was killed in the line of duty.
Authorities said deputies were attempting to stop a stolen car that they thought was involved in several auto burglaries when the car they were pursuing crashed in the area of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue.
They said that several suspects inside the car ran from the crash scene, and were pursued on foot by deputies. Then, at around 11 p.m., authorities said the suspects and deputies fired at each other. Dixon and Garcia-Solis were both struck by gunfire during the exchange.
The two were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where Dixon died. Garcia-Solis’s wounds were not believed to be life-threatening as of late Monday afternoon, according to the HCSO.
— Hall County Sheriff (@HallCountySO) July 9, 2019
In connection with the fatal shooting of Dixon, Garcia-Solis is facing a felony murder charge. The other suspects, Brayan Omar Cruz, Eric Edgardo Velazquez, London Clements—each 17 years old—face party to a crime and felony murder charges.
According to Sheriff Couch, Deputy Nicholas Dixon joined HCSO as a detention deputy three years ago and graduated from the law enforcement academy in June 2018.
He left behind his wife, Stephanie, and his sons, 9-year-old Caden and 3-month-old Colt Justice.