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Los Angeles Deputy Fights for His Life After Being Shot in Head

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announces that Rhett Nelson, 30, of St. George, Utah, was detained in Long Beach as a suspect in the shooting of deputy Joseph Solano on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Solano, 50, who is on life-support, was shot in the head at a restaurant in Alhambra on Monday. Villanueva said Nelson called his father in Utah to say he committed murder. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Suspect arrested – Deputy Solano is on life support

By Terry Miller

A suspect in the attempted murder of an off duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputy was arrested Tuesday after a brutal attack at an Alhambra Jack in the Box fast food establishment.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva hosted a press conference Tuesday to provide updates on the senseless shooting of off-duty Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano in Alhambra on Tuesday, June 10, 2019 at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Deputy Solano, 50 years-old, is in grave condition in the hospital. He joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1999, where he spent approximately a year, before moving on to other employment. In 2006, he was rehired and is currently assigned to Access to Care Bureau.

Solano, who was in civilian clothes at the time of the attack, was waiting for his food when he was shot once in the back of the head, police said.

According to a press release sent out by LASD, “Joseph loves spending time with his family. As a big USC football fan, he has frequently attended games during their season. He is a kind-hearted, generous person who is always willing to help others before himself.”

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide investigators arrested attempted murder suspect Rhett McKenzie Nelson for the shooting of Deputy Solano after investigators learned of his whereabouts in Long Beach.

Nelson is a male white, 30 year-old from Saint George, Utah, who was initially detained by Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Suspect Rhett Nelson. – Courtesy photo / LASD

Based on information received by LBPD, from a family member of the suspect, LBPD officers located the vehicle pictured in LASD’s Wanted Bulletin. They detained the driver of the vehicle, believed to be the suspect involved in the shooting on June 10.

Sheriff’s homicide investigators responded to the scene to take over the investigation. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, the suspect was arrested by LASD homicide investigators and transported to a local station where he was interviewed.

Based on the suspect and vehicle information released during the Deputy Solano shooting investigation, Los Angeles Police Department detectives believed Nelson was potentially responsible for a murder on 7th Street in Los Angeles. They worked throughout the night with Sheriff’s homicide investigators to help identify and locate the suspect.

Since 2002, 16 LASD deputies have been killed.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website lacrimestoppers.org.

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