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A suspect was arrested Monday in Colorado for allegedly killing a sheriff’s deputy in a hit-and-run the previous day, according to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office strike team, Colorado State Patrol, and Fort Collins police shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, Octavio Gonzalez Garcia, is in his late 30s and is in the United States illegally.
The victim, 24-year-old Weld County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Alexis Hein Nutt, was pronounced dead at the crash site on Sunday. She was on her way to work at the county jail.
“Alexis was hired in November 2018 and assigned to Weld County Jail, where he served as a detention lieutenant,” Weld County Sheriff Steve Reems said in a Facebook statement.
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“She joined us at the age of 21. Alexis was born in Bismarck, North Dakota.It was a childhood dream to one day serve others as a peace officer,” he continued. I was.
The Colorado State Patrol is leading an investigation into the crash situation. It is sponsored by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.
The lieutenant was riding his personal motorcycle to work when the hit-and-run occurred. Gonzalez Garcia, the driver of the Ford van, fled the scene on foot after the crash.
Hein-Nutz was heading south when he drove from the stop sign at the intersection into the sheriff’s driveway. She crashed into the passenger side of Gonzalez Garcia’s car and her motorcycle burst into flames.
“We believe the driver of the van was affected at the time, and we have evidence to support that,” said Joshua Lewis of the Colorado Patrol, according to FOX 31.
Police said they found evidence that Gonzalez Garcia was staying illegally. An apparently forged green card and a fake social security card were found in his car.
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The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations to support the Hein Knott family through the nonprofit charity Weld County Sheriff’s Office Posse.
“Alexis was a hard-working, caring agent and a positive force for our agency. We share the agency’s grief and anger at her senseless and tragic passing. We are a family and we will get through this painful event together.”