GAINESVILLE — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has made five additional arrests relating to the killing of Hall County Deputy Nicolas Dixon.
Immediately following the shooting, four people were arrested.
The GBI, Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department say the five new arrests that stem from other crimes committed by a group of individuals associated with the suspects involved in the July 7 shooting.
The individuals arrested are 17-year-old Jiovanny Castillo, 18-year-old Antony Macias, 18-year-old Adrian Gonzalez Verduzco, 17-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez Puentes and 19-year-old Jorge Rodriguez, all of Gainesville.
All five were charged with tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension of a criminal. Macias, Verduzco, Puentes and Rodriguez were additionally charged with theft by receiving stolen property.
Since the original investigation and the arrests of Hector Garcia-Solis, Brayan Cruz, Eric Velazquez and London Clements for felony murder, the GBI, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department have worked to recover the weapons and other property stolen during the Double Deuce Pawn Store burglary on July 6.
Of the 27 firearms stolen during this burglary, 25 have been recovered. A large cache of ammunition and two crossbows were also recovered. The GBI has identified additional crimes it says were done by this group.
As a result of the joint investigation, an additional firearm and seven stolen vehicles have been recovered. In total, officials say six burglaries, two theft by taking motor vehicles and three entering auto cases have been solved.
Solis and Velazquez will face additional charges related to the burglaries, theft of motor vehicles and entering autos.
According to the GBI, preliminary information indicates that on Sunday at about 11:09 p.m., Dixon attempted to stop a stolen vehicle occupied by four men.
A chase ensued and ended with the subjects fleeing on foot. Dixon and another deputy made contact with Solis, in a yard on Highland Avenue in Gainesville and gunfire was exchanged.
According to the GBI, Dixon was shot one time and subsequently died from the wound.
Dixon was 28 years old.