ST. GEORGE – A man from St. George reported missing last month was arrested on Monday in California for attempted murder of a Los Angeles County sheriff. He Is Suspected of Murdering Another Man in Downtown Los Angeles
Sheriff Alex Villanueva named 30-year-old Rhett McKenzie Nelson as the prime suspect in the attempted murder of Deputy Joe Solano at a press briefing on Tuesday.
That's the part of this job I do not like, "said Villanueva. "I had always feared that this would happen. It happened way too soon.
The shooting took place at 17:45. PDT at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Alhambra, California. At the time, Solano was in civilian clothes in the restaurant, waiting while his mother's car was being serviced in a shop next door, Villanueva said.
Solano, 50, who was waiting for a food order at the counter, it was not. At the press conference, sheriff's murder commander Kent Wegener, who wore everything that could identify him as a law enforcement officer, said the attack seems arbitrary.
When Solano was standing in the restaurant, a white man between 20 and 30 years old, he walked up to him and shot him in the head. The shots were recorded by surveillance cameras, which detained the suspect who ran away from the scene, changed his clothes and left the area in a Kia Sorrento.
Solano is in a territorial hospital in a serious condition for life support, Villanueva said.
] "We're all looking for him."
According to the leaflet, Nelson had "a history of opiate abuse," but had remained clean for six months before disappearing, social media and news agencies to find him. Law enforcement and other groups joined forces to offer a $ 50,000 award for the location of the suspect.
Solano joined the sheriff's department in 1999, left in 2000, worked in the Alhambra Fire Department for a year, and was recruited by the sheriff's department in New York in 2006. Most recently, he was sent to the detention center.
The Long Beach Police Department captured Nelson on Tuesday at around 1 pm in Long Beach, California.
The Department was contacted by Nelson's father, who said his son had called home from a church. The father told police that his son had killed someone in California, causing his father to call the police.
The police maintained an inverse directory number and located the church. They discovered a Kia Sorrento that agreed with the description of the one involved in the shooting of the deputy who had left the church. They made a crime break and took Nelson into custody.
A search of the car produced a revolver that believed in the gun used to shoot Solano.
Nelson's description and wagon also agree with those of a man who is a 30-year-old man, less than an hour earlier in Los Angeles, told LAPD boss Michel Moore.
The man was standing in an area south of downtown when a car drove up, someone inside said something and then opened the fire. Moore said.
Investigators are investigating reports that Nelson may have been involved in other crimes since his arrival in Southern California last week, authorities said. They said they did not know if Nelson had a lawyer or why he had recently come to Southern California.
Although the investigations are ongoing, the shootings seem to have been random incidents, since Nelson probably had no incidents related to Solano or the 30-year-old man.
The Associated Press has contributed to this story.
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