GBI investigates officer involved shooting in Hall County

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. — On Monday, July 8, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) to investigate an officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicolas Dixon, age 28.

Preliminary information indicates that on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at approximately 11:09 pm, Deputy Dixon attempted to stop a stolen vehicle occupied by four males. A chase ensued and ended with the subjects fleeing on foot.

Deputy Dixon and another deputy made contact with the subject, Hector Garcia Solis, age 19, in the yard of 43 Highland Avenue Gainesville and gunfire was exchanged. Deputy Dixon was shot one time and subsequently died from the wound.

Garcia was struck multiple times and is in critical condition at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Another subject was detained, and two other subjects remain at large. Attempts are ongoing to identify and locate them by HCSO, Gainesville Police Department, and the GBI.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Hall County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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Dahlonega shooting death may have been a case of self defense

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Axel Ricky Willis

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is expected to conclude its investigation into the April 20 shooting death of Jason Burnett, 43 of Dahlonega, by the end of next week.

According to a source close to the investigation the incident has a “99 percent certainty of being ruled a case of self defense.”

The source said Burnett arrived at the home of Axel Ricky Willis, 23, at 156 Bill Anderson Road in Dahlonega at which time, words were exchanged regarding Burnett’s estranged wife Heather living with Willis and Burnett struck Willis with a baseball bat, leaving visible marks before being shot and killed.

Georgia’s version of the stand your ground law (Georgia Code 16-3-23-1) states that a person using force in self-defense has “no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground. The key is that the person’s use of force must be in self defense. The law provides either immunity from prosecution or a defense during trial in cases in which a person uses deadly force in public, even if he or she can safely retreat.

The shooting took place shortly after 7:30 p.m. Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies secured the scene before turning the investigation over to the GBI.

While social media accounts have claimed Burnett was shot in the back, sources say those statements are incorrect and that Mr. Burnett was shot in the face.

Several people witnessed the shooting, including Heather Burnett.

A small amount of marijuana was found in the home and Willis was charged with misdemeanor possession but, as of today (April 27) he has not been charged with anything relating to the shooting.

He was transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center where he was placed on a 48-hour hold but was released on $1,200 bond Tuesday, April 23.

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UPDATE: No charges yet in Saturday’s shooting death in Dahlonega

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office are investigating Saturday’s shooting death of Jason Burnett, 43, of Dahlonega.

The shooting took place at 156 Bill Anderson Road in Dahlonega, the home of Axel Willis, 23, of Lumpkin County. Willis was initially charged with possession of marijuana pending further investigation. The shooting is believed to be the result of a domestic assault at the residence.

As of Tuesday morning, Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jeff Langley had not filed charges on the shooting and Willis has been released on bond.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said his prayers go out to the family and friends affected by this tragedy.

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Shooting death reported in Lumpkin County Saturday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Sheriff Stacy Jarrard reported today that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting death last night (April 20) of Mr. Jason Burnett, 43, of Lumpkin County.

The shooting took place at a residence off Bill Anderson Road between 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Authorities have arrested Axel Willis, who is in his early 20s in connection with the shooting.

No other details are available at this time.

Sheriff Jarrard said his prayers go out to the families who are affected by this tragedy.

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Arrest made in GBI rape investigation

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jose Luis Amaro Vazquez, 33, of Mexico, in Dahlonega.

In October 2018, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI initiate an investigation into allegations of rape, cruelty to children, and false imprisonment. The case agent was able to corroborate the allegations through an exhaustive investigation with assistance from a bilingual Gainesville Police Department Detective.

As a result, Vazquez was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of child cruelty, and one count of false imprisonment. Vazquez is currently housed in the Lumpkin County Jail.

Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution.

 

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Authorities investigating apparent murder-suicide

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Three people are dead and two others injured in what Lumpkin County authorities believe is a murder suicide that took place at 72 Bryn Lane in Dahlonega this morning.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said deputies responded to a “shots fired” call at approximately 8:30 a.m.  Upon entering the home, they discovered two victims had been shot. While they were clearing the house, they heard three more shots downstairs where they discovered the body of a man and his wife.

Jarrard said the incident stemmed from a domestic incident in Florida.

“It appears something happened in Florida that caused the wife to flee to her sister’s home here in Dahlonega in an attempt to hide,” Jarrard said. “Unfortunately, the suspect found them.”

Jarrard said a 16-year-old girl was shot and transported to an Atlanta-area hospital. “Her injuries appear to be survivable,” he said.  A 13-year-old and a 2-year-old were also injured but their injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

Jarrard said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to take the lead in the investigation, aided by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Jarrard said it  is unknown how the suspect traveled to Dahlonega and that authorities are on the lookout for a gold- or champagne-colored Ford Explorer SUV, driven by a white female wearing aviator-style sunglasses.”

Authorities have not released the victims’ identities.

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