The deputy of Southern California sheriff Joseph Gilbert Solano, who was shot and critically injured on Monday while getting food at a fast-food restaurant, died, officials said.
Solano, a 13-year-veteran deputy at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, died on Wednesday afternoon surrounded by loved ones.
Rhett Nelson, a 30-year-old Utah man who reported missing his family, was identified as a gunman, investigators said. He was arrested one day after the shooting when his father called the authorities to return him.
"We have a caution suspect," says Sheriff Alex Villanueva at a news conference Wednesday.
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"We are continuously processing all the information, all evidence to present a solid case for the up- persecution, "she added.
Nelson was suspended on a Jack in Box restaurant in the eastern Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra on Monday night and caught Solano in the head.
The 50-year-old deputy was then a functionary. The paramedics brought him to the hospital in serious condition and gave him life support physicians, Villanueva said.
Solano did not want anything to identify him as a law enforcement official and the investigators said the shot was random.
He added that "there is no knowledge, no indication that he knows that a man is a law enforcement official."
He continued, "The alert was alerted to a restaurant that followed him and when he hesitated to face it and that shot took place."
Villanueva added, "The motive or rationale from the suspect, that's a million dollar question."
The Long Beach police took Nelson on caution Tuesday after he stopped at a church and called his father to Utah, the Homicide Bureau Capt. Kent's Kent Kent Wegener.
"In that call, he referred to the murder of Southern California," he added.
Wegener said Nelson's father called the police to monitor the call to church, and soon after, the Long Beach officers saw him in a car near the church and arrested him without incident.
Investigators said they were killed if he killed another man an hour earlier on Monday than what looked like another random attack.
Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department said a 30-year-old man standing on a street near downtown Los Angeles on Monday was shot and killed after someone inside a car "had a brief change to our victim "and" airplane. "
He added that Nelson's description and the car he pushed were matched with those seen in both shootings.
At the news conference Wednesday, Villanueva recognizes police investigations as well as if Nelson interacts with multiple armed robbery in the San Diego area.
"This is an amazing level of violent crime in a very short time and we can only imagine that but for this last event the crime may continue," Villanueva said.
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"However, we are happy that the father of the suspect made a very important phone call to the Long Beach Police Department allows us to place resources together to detain him so no other victims of this person's crime do not look like this until he is actually arrested. "
Nelson's father gave a statement on Tuesday saying he was "saddened beyond words" shooting "and knew that our son Rhett was held in connection with this horrifying and vain attack."
She told her daughter that she was missing on May 26.
In a post May 30 Facebook, Nelson told her son "There is a history of Fraud abuse and has been clean for about 6 months , but we know what a terrible struggle that we are praying for his safe return. "
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Nelson has no violent crime history in Utah but previously pleaded guilty to driving with "measurable value" of a controlled substance in his body.
Solano is most recently assigned to the division's departmental division. Villanueva described her as a family guy who loved everyone who worked with her.
"I have not only lost a father figure but a close friend," step-daughter Solano told reporters on Wednesday while she was still tears. "I want to thank everyone who helped us, sent us prayers, and the fullest of the law."
His son also became emotionally speaking during a news conference called Solano "a real good dad. "
Solano's bride called the attack" a vain tragedy "and thanked for the law's law enforcement for" the author. "
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He added, "Although the result is not what we want it to be, we have the consolation knowing that he is at a better place now."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.