Illegal immigrant arrested in connection to hit-and-run that killed Colorado sheriff’s deputy
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Oh The accused was arrested Monday in Colorado after a sheriff’s deputy was allegedly killed in a hit-and-run a day earlier, according to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect was taken into custody by the sheriff’s office strike team, the Colorado State Patrol and Fort Collins police shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, the sheriff’s office said. The suspect, identified as Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia, is in his late 30s and is in the United States illegally.
The victim, 24 years old Weld County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Alexis Heinitz was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Sunday. She was going to work at the county jail.
“Alexis was hired in November 2018 and assigned to the Weld County Jail where she worked as a detention deputy,” Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said in a statement on Facebook.
The officer was sent on leave after crashing into a police car with the suspect inside standing on the tracks
“She joined our ranks at the age of 21. Born in Bismarck, ND, Alexis had a childhood dream to someday serve others as a peace officer,” he continued.
Colorado State Patrol is leading the investigation into the circumstances of the accident. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is assisting.
The deputy was riding his personal motorcycle to work when A hit and run happened. Gonzalez Garcia, who was driving the Ford van, fled the scene on foot after the collision.
Hein-Nutz was traveling southbound when the suspect ran through a stop sign at the intersection into the path of the deputy. She crashed into the front passenger side of Gonzalez Garcia’s car and her motorcycle caught fire.
“We believe the driver of the van was under the influence at the time, there is evidence to support that,” said Joshua Lewis of the Colorado State Patrol, according to FOX 31.
Police said they found evidence to support that Gonzalez-Garcia was living in the country illegally when they discovered what appeared to be a fake green card and a fake Social Security card in his car.
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The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations to help Hein-Nutz’s family through its nonprofit charitable foundation, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Posse.
“Alexis was a hard-working, caring deputy and a positive force for our agency,” Reams said. “I share the grief of my deputies and their grief at his senseless and tragic demise.