Hall County

Deputy killed in line of duty identified as 28-year-old father of 2 young kids

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — The Hall County Sheriff's Office is mourning the death of one of its deputies killed in the line of duty Sunday night.

According to officials, the deputy was attempting to stop a stolen car when he was shot by one of the suspects in the area of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue between 11 and 11:15 p.m.

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The deputy was identified as 28-year-old Nicolas Dixon, who was a husband and father. He had been with the department for three years.

All four teen suspects wanted in connection with the shooting, including the accused shooter, are in custody.

The suspects have been identified as:

  • Hector Garcia-Solis, 17
  • Brayan Omar Cruz, 17
  • London Clements, 17
  • Eric Edgardo Velazquez, 17

The sheriff's department said Dixon was a father to a 9-year-old son and a 4-month-old son.

Garcia-Solis, who's believed to be the shooter, was hit by gunfire and was taken to a medical center for treatment. Deputies said his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The stolen car was believed to have been used in several weekend car break-ins and burglaries.

Surveillance video shows deputies chasing the car and when the driver finally stopped, four suspects jumped out.

"It's a mix of sorrow, tragedy and horrow, with a lot of work ahead," a Hall County Sheriff's spokesperson said in regards to the shooting.

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Governor Brian Kemp said he and his family are praying for Hall County.

The Kemp Family prays for the loved ones of Deputy Nicholas Dixon who gave his life in the line of duty - a terrible...

Posted by Governor Brian Kemp on Monday, July 8, 2019

A spokesperson from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said this shooting is the 42nd officer-involved shooting that the GBI has been called to assist with this year.

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