California deputy shot while getting food at Jack in the Box has died, officials say

to connectVideoLA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva answered questions at a press conference about the shooting death of a sheriff’s deputy.

The LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, answers questions after a news conference about the shooting death of Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano.

The southern California sheriff’s deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano, who was shot and seriously wounded on Monday while getting food at a fast-food restaurant, has died, officials announced.

Solano, a 13-year veteran deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, passed away Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by loved ones.

Rex Nelson, a 30-year-old Utah man who was reported missing, was identified as the alleged shooter, investigators said. He was arrested a day after the shooting, when his father to the authorities for it.

The deputy, Joseph Gilbert Solano passed away, the officials said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

“We have the suspect in custody,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva, said in a press conference on Wednesday.


“We have to go through the process all of the data, the evidence for a solid case for the prosecution,” he added.

Nelson was accused of walking into a Jack in the Box restaurants in the eastern suburbs of Los Angeles, Alhambra, on Monday evening, and shoot down Solano in the head with it.

The 50-year-old deputy was off-duty at the time. An Ambulance rushed him to the hospital in serious condition and the doctors to keep him alive, Villanueva said.

Solano was not wearing anything that would identify him as a law-enforcement officer, and investigators said the shooting appeared to be random.

He added that “there is no prior knowledge, there is no indication that he knew that the person was a law enforcement officer.”

Rex Nelson, 30, of California. George, Utah, was arrested by Long Beach police. Surveillance footage showed the suspect accused of shooting off-duty deputy.
LA County Sheriff’s Department)

He added, “The assistant warned that in the restaurant, that someone was behind him, and when he turned around to be face to face, and that’s when the shooting happened.”

Villanueva added, “The motive, or the reason of the accused, that is the million-dollar question.”

Long Beach police took Nelson into custody on Tuesday after he was stopped at a church and said to his father in Utah, the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Capt. Kent Wegener said.

In that interview, he referred to the act of committing a murder in Southern California,” he added.

Wegener said that Nelson’s father called the police, who followed the call of the church, and after a short time, the Long Beach officers spotted him in a car, in the vicinity of the church, and arrested him without incident.

The researchers said they were asking the question as to whether or not he killed another man for an hour on Monday, in what appeared to be a random attack.

Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police department said a 30-year-old man, who was standing on the street in the vicinity of the city of Los Angeles, on Monday, was shot and killed when someone in a vehicle and had a brief exchange with our victim,” and “gunfire erupted.”

He added that Nelson’s description of the car which he was driving was consistent with that seen in the two shots.

At a press conference Wednesday, the Former acknowledged the police were also investigating whether Nelson was linked to the many armed robberies in the San Diego area.

“It’s an astounding level of violent crime in such a short period of time, and the only thing we can think about that, but for this last incident, that the crime spree may continue to be,” said Villanueva.


“However, we are happy to be the father of the defendant, made a very important phone call to the Long Beach Police Department, who allowed us to use the resources in order to be able to him, as there were no further casualties in this one-person crime spree that seems to be it should not be taken until he was actually arrested.”

Nelson’s father, issued a statement on Tuesday, saying he was “saddened beyond words” by the shoot, and to learn that our son, Rhett, is being held in connection with this horrific and senseless attack.”

He told me that his son is gone, on the 26th of May.

In a May 30 Facebook post, Nelson’s father said his son has a history of heroin abuse and has been clean for about 6 months, but I know what a terrible struggle it is. We are praying for his safe return.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Nelson does not have a violent criminal history in Utah, but, rather, pleaded guilty to driving with a measurable amount of a controlled substance in his body.

Solano was most recently assigned to the department’s custody division. Villanueva, described him as a family man and loved by all who worked with him.

“Not only did I lose a father figure, but it can be a best friend,” Solano’s step-daughter, told reporters on Wednesday as she held back tears. “I would like to thank all of you who have supported us, sent us a prayer, and the whole of the enforcement of the law.”

His son was emotional when he spoke at the press conference, make a call Pronto “is a really good father.”

Solano’s girlfriend, has called the attack a “senseless tragedy” and thanked law enforcement for the investigation of the murder.”


She added: “even Though the result wasn’t what we wanted it to be, we have the consolation to know that he is in a better place now.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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