Gonzalo Carrasco Jr., a 24-year-old Selma police officer, was killed by Nathaniel Dixon in the line of duty on Tuesday. Let’s see who Nathaniel Dixon is and what happened in detail.
What happened to the Selma Police officer?
Selma police officer Gonzalo Carrasco Jr., 24 was shot and killed by a dangerous suspect.
Officer Gonzalo Carrasco of the Selma Police Department was on patrol in the 2600 block of Pine Street on Tuesday at about 11:45 when a resident waved him down.
She informed him that a questionable man was on her property. Officer Carrasco attempted to speak with the individual, later identified as Nathaniel Dixon, after getting out of his patrol car.
Dixon fired several shots as Carrasco drew near, hitting Officer Carrasco. Dixon then fled the scene while still armed with his revolver. A citizen called 911 and reported that an officer had been shot.
Officer Carrasco received medical attention from Selma Police officers, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies, Cal Fire firefighters, and Selma EMS.
He was then taken to Community Regional Medical Center. He underwent surgery in the operating room, where he eventually died.
Numerous law enforcement personnel arrived at the scene and started looking for the gunman, who was said to have a tattoo on his face.
A deputy located the shooter near Fig and Sequoia around 12:10 and took him into custody. A short distance from where Dixon was detained, the gun was eventually found.
Who is Nathaniel Dixon?
Nathaniel Dixon, a 23-year-old Selma resident is the suspect who killed the officer. He has been booked by homicide detectives into the Fresno County Jail.
He is accused of murder, having a gun and ammo while on probation, and being a felon in possession of a gun.
A bail sum of roughly $1.2 million has been set; however, due to the probation violation accusation, he is currently ineligible for bail. On February 2nd, he is scheduled to appear in court.
The police are familiar with Dixon. His criminal history includes charges for robbery and illegal possession of guns.
DA Lisa Smittcamp stated that the gunman has admitted to being a gang member and has been detained for several felonies, including robbery, possession of a weapon, and trafficking in drugs.
He was given a court-ordered prison term of 5 years and 4 months in March 2022.
His release date was scheduled for August 23, 2022, just 5 months after his original sentence, due to rules established in recent years. That grant additional credits for time served in a local jail as well as other new regulations that permit arbitrary “accelerated time credits” upon arrival to the prison system, she added.
Later, in late September 2022, he was granted parole and put under post-release community supervision.
As part of California’s AB 109 law, he has served time in prison and is currently on probation (prison realignment).
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office was asked to take over the entire investigation at this time by Selma Police.
In May 2021, officer Gonzalo Carrasco started working for the department. He is survived by his parents, brother, sisters, and fiancée, who is currently pregnant with their child.
Since the Selma Police Department established in 1893, this is the department’s first death in the line of duty, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
DA Lisa Smittcamp stated that the Selma police officer, according to her, was the son of farm workers and participated in Reedley PD’s Explorer Program before becoming a sworn officer at Selma PD. She claims he was also a father-to-be.
The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association has established a memorial fund where all contributions will go to Officer Carrasco’s family in support of the Selma Police Officer’s Association.
Send donations to the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association at 1360 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93721, c/o the Selma POA Memorial Fund.
Please call Sheriff’s Detective Richard Antunez at (559) 600-8221 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, or visit valleycrimestoppers.org, if you have any new information about this case.
You will stay anonymous and may be eligible for a monetary award. Reference case number 23-1223, Selmia police says.
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