The tragic death of Selma Police Officer Gonzalo Carrasco Jr. has shocked the community. On Tuesday, January 31, 2023, Officer Carrasco was on patrol in the 2600 block of Pine Street when he was shot and killed by Nathaniel Dixon, a 23-year-old resident of Selma.
The incident began when a local resident called Officer Carrasco to report a suspicious person on her property. Officer Carrasco exited his patrol car and attempted to speak to the individual, who was later identified as Nathaniel Dixon. Dixon then opened fire, fatally wounding the officer.
After the shooting, Dixon fled the scene with a handgun. A resident immediately called 911, and Selma Police Officers, Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputies, Cal Fire Firefighters, and Selma Emergency Medical Services personnel rushed to the scene. Officer Carrasco was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery but was unable to be revived.
A deputy eventually located Dixon near Fig and Sequoia and took him into custody. The gun was found at the location of the arrest. Dixon was booked into the Fresno County Jail by homicide detectives.
The incident is still under investigation, and the community is still in shock. Many questions remain unanswered, and the public is eager to know more. The tragedy has gone viral on social media platforms, with people leaving messages of shock and disbelief.
The death of Officer Carrasco is a reminder of the risks that police officers face every day. It is a tragedy that should never have happened, and the community is mourning the loss of a dedicated public servant. We will update you with more information as it becomes available.