Colo. deputy killed in hit-and-run crash; suspect arrested

Alexis Hein-Nutz was a week shy from celebrating her 25th birthday; the suspect had a falsified green card and SS card

Duty Death: Alexis Hein-Nutz - [Greeley, Colorado]

End of Service: 09/18/2022


By Amanda Spence

GREELEY, Colo. — Weld County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Sunday while driving to work on her motorcycle. Hein-Nutz, who had been with the sheriff’s office since 2018, was killed a week from her 25th birthday, according to CBS Colorado.

The driver who fled the scene, Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia, is a resident of Weld County. However, officers later determined that he had a falsified green card and Social Security card in the vehicle and that he was intoxicated during the crash. Gonzalez-Garcia fled to a cornfield in the area following the crash. He was apprehended following a statewide manhunt.

“After many years of dreaming of being in law enforcement, I can finally say I am officially following my dreams. This is only the first stepping-stone to a brighter future. Here is to a better life and doing what I was meant to do,” Hein-Nutz, wrote on Facebook a month after graduating from the academy.

At the time of the incident, Hein-Nutz had been serving as a detentions deputy at the Weld County Jail.

 

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