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.
It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Weld County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz. Alexis was killed yesterday in a hit and run crash north of Greeley on her way to work.
Attached is a statement from Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams. pic.twitter.com/OMny5Mp1j1
— Weld County Sheriff (@WeldSheriff) September 19, 2022
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.
Her name was Alexis Hein-Nutz, a Deputy for the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. She was killed by a hit and run driver as she was riding her motorcycle to work. Rest Easy Sister. Prayers for her family of blue and blood.#podcast #radio #talkradio #talkshow #police #Sheriff pic.twitter.com/mNl1aSdQ6S
— L.E.T. Radio Show Podcast (@LETRadioShowPo1) September 19, 2022
Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams released a statement on Facebook early today:
The public offered heartfelt condolences for the tragedy on Twitter:
Thank you for your service Officer
— JoeyOverby (@JoeyO_CO) September 19, 2022
Offering our thoughts and support as you grieve the loss of Deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz. 🖤💙🖤
— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) September 19, 2022
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