Illegal immigrant accused of killing Colorado sheriff’s deputy, 24, in drunken hit-and-run smash

Illegal immigrant is accused of killing female Colorado sheriff’s deputy, 24, in drunken hit-and-run smash

  • Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia, identified as ‘in his late 30s,’ was arrested after allegedly killing Alexis Hein-Nutz, 24, in a hit-and-run
  • Hein-Nutz was riding her motorcycle to work before she was struck by a Ford van, allegedly driven by Gonzalez-Garcia, who then fled the scene on foot
  • Colorado State Patrol believe the driver of the van was ‘under the influence at the time’
  • Police add that there is evidence suggesting Gonzalez-Garcia was living in the country illegally: a falsified green card and fake Social Security card

An illegal immigrant was arrested Monday evening after he allegedly killed a Colorado sheriff’s deputy in a hit-and-run.

Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia, identified by police as ‘in his late 30s,’ was arrested in the death of Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz, according to the sheriff’s office.

Officials say they have evidence suggesting Gonzalez-Garcia was living in the country illegally, including a falsified green card and a fake Social Security card in his car. 

Hein-Nutz was riding her motorcycle to work Sunday before she was struck by a Ford Van, allegedly driven by Gonzalez-Garcia, who then fled the scene on foot.

Colorado State Patrol believe the driver of the van was ‘under the influence at the time,’ who drove through a stop sign opposite Hein-Nutz into her motorcycle.

Her motorcycle, which collided with the front-passenger side of the van, then caught fire.

Alexis Hein-Nutz, 24, died in a hit-and-run while she rode her motorcycle on her way to work

Alexis Hein-Nutz, 24, died in a hit-and-run while she rode her motorcycle on her way to work

Hein-Nutz joined the Weld County Sheriff's Office at age 21 in 2018 and served as a detentions deputy. Those who knew her said she was 'very passionate' about law enforcement

Hein-Nutz joined the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at age 21 in 2018 and served as a detentions deputy. Those who knew her said she was ‘very passionate’ about law enforcement

Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia, who is 'in his late 30s,' was arrested for allegedly driving the Ford van which struck Hein-Nutz's motorcycle

Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia, who is ‘in his late 30s,’ was arrested for allegedly driving the Ford van which struck Hein-Nutz’s motorcycle

Hein-Nutz, who was pronounced dead at the scene, joined the sheriff’s office in 2018 where she served as a detentions deputy.

‘She joined our ranks at the age of 21,’ Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said in a statement on Facebook.

‘Alexis was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. It was a childhood dream (of hers) to someday serve others as a peace officer.’

Kristin Kovach, who worked with Hein-Nutz at a McDonald’s after the pair graduated from high school, told FOX 31 she knew the former deputy wanted to be in law enforcement.

‘She knew that’s what she wanted to do,’ Kovach said. ‘She was very passionate about it, very inspiring.’

Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, Hein-Nutz had a childhood dream of one day serving as a peace officer

Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, Hein-Nutz had a childhood dream of one day serving as a peace officer

Gonzalez-Garcia, who is suspected to be in the country illegally, allegedly drove through a stop sign opposite Hein-Nutz and was under the influence

Gonzalez-Garcia, who is suspected to be in the country illegally, allegedly drove through a stop sign opposite Hein-Nutz and was under the influence

A former inmate at Weld County Jail, Ben Selvey said Hein-Nutz had an authoritative presence.

‘I went to jail this summer to clear up a charge I’d had for a while, and she was one of the (Special Response Teams),’ Selvey said.

‘Spending 50 days in jail, I saw her probably five days out of the week, every week. You would think maybe a female officer might not get the respect that a man does, but there wasn’t a single dude in that jail (who) wasn’t afraid of her.’

State patrol has taken the lead for the investigation into Hein-Nutz’s death, which was confirmed exactly one week from her 25th birthday, while the Weld County Sheriff’s Office assists.

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