The man accused of gunning down a Selma police officer was identified Wednesday by the Fresno County Sheriff's Office as Nathaniel Dixon.
The 23-year-old was arrested within a half hour of allegedly killing officer Gonzalo Carrasco Jr., a two-year veteran of Selma Police Department, police have said.
Officers recovered a weapon not far from where Dixon was arrested, police said.
Carrasco was flagged down by a resident who said a man was in front of a home on Pine Street, which is south of Rose Avenue and west of Highway 99. Police said Dixon shot the officer several times about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The officer was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, and about four hours later, police announced he had died.
Carrasco was the son of farmworkers and an expectant father, according to authorities.
It was the first time an officer had been killed in the line of duty in Selma Police Department's history. The department was formed in 1893, according to the sheriff's office.
Dixon has a criminal background that includes charges for firearms possession, robbery and drug possession, court records show.
He served time in prison and was on probation as part of California's AB 109 law, commonly called prison realignment.
The Fresno County District Attorney's Office said the suspect was sentenced in March 2022 to serve five years, four months in prison, but was released by September 2022 and placed on Post Release Community Supervision.
He is held without bail at the Fresno County Jail, according to jail records.
Dixon is expected to appear in Fresno County Superior Court on Friday, according to the sheriff's spokesperson.
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