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Discussion in 'Community Outreach' started by Kimster, May 20, 2015.

  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

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    noZme Bronze Member

    GBI makes more arrests in Hall County deputy’s shooting death - total of 9 Hispanic individuals involved in crime spree

    28 year old Hall County Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon was the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in Georgia this year. He was a husband and the father of two young sons.

    Authorities have arrested five more people in connection with the shooting death of a 28-year-old Hall County deputy killed in the line of duty earlier this month.

    On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the GBI, Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department made five additional arrests that stem from other crimes committed by a group of individuals associated with the persons involved in the July 7, 2019 shooting of Deputy Dixon.

    The individuals arrested are Jiovanny Castillo, 17, Antony Macias, 18, Adrian Gonzalez Verduzco, 18, Rodolfo Rodriguez Puentes, 17 and Jorge Rodriguez, 19, all of Gainesville, Georgia. All five were charged with tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension of a criminal. Macias, Verduzco, Puentes and Rodriguez were additionally charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

    Since the original investigation and the arrests of Hector Garcia-Solis, Brayan Cruz, Eric Velazquez and London Clements for felony murder, the GBI, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department have worked tirelessly to recover the weapons and other property stolen during the Double Deuce Pawn Store burglary on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Of the 27 firearms stolen during this burglary, 25 have been recovered. A large cache of ammunition and two crossbows were also recovered. Additional crimes were identified as having been done by this group. As a result of the joint investigation, an additional firearm and 7 stolen vehicles have been recovered. In total, 6 burglaries, 2 theft by taking motor vehicles and 3 entering auto cases have been solved. Solis and Velazquez will face additional charges related to the burglaries, theft of motor vehicles and entering autos.

    Sunday, July 7, 2019, at approximately 11:09 pm, Deputy Dixon attempted to stop a stolen vehicle occupied by four males. A chase ensued and ended with the subjects fleeing on foot. Deputy Dixon and another deputy made contact with the subject, Hector Garcia Solis, age 17, in the yard of 43 Highland Avenue Gainesville, GA and gunfire was exchanged. Deputy Dixon was shot one time and subsequently died from the wound. Garcia was struck multiple times and is in critical condition at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Hall County District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.



    Less than two weeks ago, Fred and Jada Dixon were awakened by a 4 a.m. phone call from their son, Blane. The Hall County deputy had just witnessed a young father shoot and kill his 2-year-old son, then himself.

    “It shook him up,” said his mother. “It bothered him that he couldn’t save that baby.”
    Around midnight Sunday, the Dixons received another after-hours call, this time from one of Blane’s colleagues. They were told their son had been shot and was undergoing surgery.

    An hour later, family members received the news that Nicolas Blane Dixon did not survive the shot which hit him just below his ballistic vest, said Hall Sheriff Gerald Couch....

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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Riverside shooting suspect has a long criminal history, records show

    The man who authorities say engaged officers in a violent gun battle during a traffic stop off the 215 Freeway in Riverside, killing one California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others, was identified Tuesday as 49-year-old Aaron Luther.

    Luther, who died in Monday’s shootout, has a lengthy criminal record dating to the late 1980s in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, according to public records.

    His convictions include disturbing the peace, vandalism, battery, stalking, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and corporal injury on a spouse. He pleaded guilty to burglary charges and attempted second-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for use of a firearm in Los Angeles County in 1994 after he was accused of trying to kill a man three months earlier, according to court records.

    He was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, and was paroled in 2004.

    Authorities have not determined a motive in Monday’s shooting.

    Luther’s father, Dennis Luther, told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that his son was a “desperate man” and had recently been depressed.

    “I think he just thought he didn’t have much to live for,” Dennis Luther said. “This might just have been suicide by the police. It’s just unfortunate that he happened to hurt anybody but himself.”

    What began as a typical traffic stop Monday evening quickly turned deadly, prompting a massive response from law enforcement agencies across the region.

    The situation began at 5:35 p.m. when CHP Officer Andre Moye stopped Luther, who was driving a white GMC pickup, at the Eastridge Avenue/Eucalyptus Avenue offramp. At some point during the traffic stop — for reasons not yet known — Moye decided to impound the man’s vehicle and called for a tow truck, said CHP Inland Division Assistant Chief Scott Parker.

    It was not immediately clear where Luther was heading when he was stopped. While Moye was filling out paperwork, the man got a rifle from his truck and started shooting at the officer, Parker said.

    “We don’t know why” the shooting began, Riverside police spokesman Ryan Railsback said. “That is all going to be part of this lengthy investigation.”

    Moye returned fire, and even though he had been shot, he was able to radio for help. Three other CHP officers soon arrived, followed by three deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and at least one officer from the Riverside Police Department, authorities said.

    Moye, 34, was airlifted to Riverside University Health System Medical Center, where he died. Another officer — a four-year veteran of the CHP — was critically injured but was conscious and talking Tuesday. A third CHP officer, who has been with the agency for six years, was wounded in the leg during the gunfight. Neither was identified. Both are expected to recover, CHP Inland Division Chief Bill Dance said.

    “This incident shows just how dangerous the job of California Highway Patrol and law enforcement is in general,” Dance said Tuesday. “People talk about routine stops, but there are no routine stops, as this incident proves.”

    Gabriela Mendoza, 21, was chatting with her fiancé while driving to class at Platt College when she got stuck in traffic near the 215 Freeway overpass. When she looked to her right, she saw a man holding a rifle and advancing toward a CHP cruiser. She hung up the phone and started recording.

    The 11-minute video shows CHP officers huddled behind a cruiser and engaged in a gun battle.

    “The way he was holding the gun and dodging bullets,” Mendoza said of the gunman, “it looked like he had some kind of training. He looked like he knew what he was doing.”

    Eventually, the armed man disappears from view and a helicopter arrives to airlift Moye to the hospital, the video shows.


    Dozens of rounds were fired over the course of the gunfight. Investigators have not publicly identified the type of rifle used by the shooter. However, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told The Times that Luther was armed with an AR-15-style rifle that had modifications — a weapon that was illegal for him to possess.

    Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said the gun battle was “long and horrific.” Officials say the investigation likely will span several days.

    Local investigators initially thought Luther had ties to the Vagos motorcycle gang, one of the nation’s largest and most dangerous outlaw biker gangs, alongside Hell’s Angels and the Mongols.

    However, federal experts familiar with the Vagos say he is not a member.

    Authorities had a large contingent of officers standing guard late Monday outside the hospital in Moreno Valley where their colleagues were being treated, in part because of concerns surrounding the shooter’s supposed ties to the Vagos.

    “When we’re told of that information in the beginning, that plays into part of why we made the decision to have that security there,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said.

    The motorcycle gang, which has a history of threatening violence against law enforcement, was founded in California in the 1960s and now claims 1,000 members in several chapters throughout the U.S., federal agents say.

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  5. Elizabeth Smith

    Elizabeth Smith Searching for my little girl always

    My own mother was an officer in my hometown and all of the things shared here have touched my heart deeply! Thanks for honoring them
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  6. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    I have such respect for these real heroes :hero:
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  7. Elizabeth Smith

    Elizabeth Smith Searching for my little girl always

    My mom was always the one that I admired most of anyone in my life. She had accomplished every dream and goal she had made for herself before she passed away at the age of 49 in 2006. I've not accomplished half of what she had by this age so she truly is a wonderful person for me to follow her footsteps in life... Love hugs and thank you Mom for teaching me values of life
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