24-yr-old Colorado sheriff’s deputy killed by alleged drunk driver in US illegally

Twenty-four-year-old Sheriff’s Deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz was tragically killed in a hit-and-run incident on Sunday. Taken into custody as the suspect in the incident was Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia, a man believed to be in the U.S. illegally and under the influence of alcohol at the time.

“Hein-Nutz was traveling southbound when the suspect drove from a stop sign at the intersection into the deputy’s path. She collided with the front passenger side of Gonzalez-Garcia’s vehicle and her motorcycle caught fire,” Fox News reported.

“We do believe the driver of the van was under the influence at the time, there is evidence to support that,” said Colorado State Patrol’s Joshua Lewis.

“Police said they found evidence to support that Gonzalez-Garcia was living in the country illegally when they discovered an apparently falsified Green Card and fake Social Security Card in his car,” according to Fox News.

Deputy Hein-Nutz was riding her personal motorcycle to her job at the county jail when she was hit allegedly by Gonzalez-Garcia, who was driving a Ford van. After the incident, the suspect ran from the scene of the accident, according to authorities.

Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia was taken into custody as a suspect by the sheriff’s office Strike Team, Fort Collins police, and the Colorado State Patrol late Monday evening.

Hein-Nutz was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident Sunday.

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams released a statement on Facebook early today:

“Suspect in custody in connection to fatal hit-and-run that killed Weld County deputy,” the statement read.
“A suspect is in custody in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash Sunday north of Greeley that killed a Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputy,” it continued. “Investigators with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Strike Team and Colorado State Patrol took a man into custody about 10:15 p.m. [Monday] with the help of Fort Collins Police Services. The man was tracked to Fort Collins thanks to numerous tips we received from the public about this case.”
“The man is on his way to Weld County for questioning. More details will be released tomorrow,” the Weld County Sheriff’s Office added.
Another Facebook post by Reams noted: “Alexis was hired in November 2018 and assigned to the Weld County Jail where she served as a detentions deputy. She joined our ranks at the age of 21. Alexis was born in Bismarck, N.D. It was a childhood dream to someday serve others as a peace officer.”



The public offered heartfelt condolences for the tragedy on Twitter:


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