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.
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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