Authorities have arrested the prime suspect in a hit-and-run that killed an off-duty Weld County deputy Sunday.
The Colorado State Patrol and the Weld County Sheriff's Office arrested 36-year-old Norberto Garcia-Gonzales in Fort Collins late Monday night. He is accused of fatally hitting Alexis Hein-Nutz and fleeing the scene.
The 24-year-old deputy was riding her motorcycle when she was struck by a white van near the intersection of AA Street and Weld County Road 37 in Greeley. Witnesses reportedly told police they saw the van’s driver run into a nearby cornfield without checking on Hein-Nutz.
Investigators said Tuesday that they identified Garcia-Gonzales using fingerprints and documents found inside the vehicle.
In a statement, Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams remembered Hein-Nutz as a dedicated public servant.
“Alexis was a hard worker, a caring deputy and a positive force for our agency. I share in my deputies’ grief and in their anger over her senseless and tragic passing. But we are a family, and we will get through this painful event together,” Reams said.
This story has been updated with Garcia-Gonzales' new court date.
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