Three of the four teens charged in connection with the fatal shooting death of a Hall County sheriff’s deputies faced a judge on Tuesday.
Brayan Omar Cruz, Eric Edgardo Velazquez and London Clements appeared by video feed from the Hall County Jail. All are 17.
Hector Garcia-Solis, also 17, remains in Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He is being treated for gunshot wounds sustained in the shootout late Sunday night.
Garcia-Solis, who is believed to have fired the shot that struck Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon, had emerged from jail just days before the encounter, authorities said.
The Hall sheriff said Garcia-Solis was arrested on June 27 and charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license, felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, violating the open container law and striking a fixed object. He was released from jail last Wednesday, said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall sheriff’s office.
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Dixon, 28, was one of several deputies chasing the four suspects last Sunday night in Gainesville. They are believed to have stolen a vehicle. Garcia-Solis allegedly fired a shot that struck Dixon just below his ballistic vest.
Each of the teens now face a felony murder charge.
A vigil will be held for Dixon, a father of two, Tuesday night in Gainesville.
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