[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
61°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
June 16
1950 - Dedication of H.M. Newhall Memorial Park, aka Newhall Park [story]


Rhett McKenzie Nelson booking photo, June 11, 2019.. Rhett McKenzie Nelson booking photo, June 11, 2019. LASD officials released the photo Wednesday asking the public to report any other incidents in which he may be involved.

Rhett McKenzie Nelson booking photo, June 11, 2019. LASD officials released the photo Wednesday asking the public to report any other incidents in which he may be involved.

Rhett McKenzie Nelson, a 30-year-old Utah man, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting and critically wounding an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Monday afternoon in Alhambra.

Nelson allegedly phoned his father from a church in Long Beach saying he murdered someone in Southern California.

Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau arrested Nelson in Long Beach shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Gravely wounded Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano, 50, meanwhile, was reported to be on life support.

Solano, described as a generous, devoted family man, had taken his mother’s car to the Jiffy Lube shop next to the Jack in the Box in Alhambra Monday afternoon and stopped at the fast food restaurant to eat.

LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was pulled away from a town hall meeting in the Santa Clarita Valley Monday night as a result of the shooting, updated reporters Tuesday afternoon on the arrest, and shared details of the incident.

“Deputy Solano was shot in the head and is currently in grave condition at the hospital,” Villanueva told reporters in a live online broadcast of a news conference held downtown.

“We are praying for his recovery,” Villanueva said.

During the same news conference, Police Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department told reporters that McKenzie is believed responsible for shooting and killing a man in downtown Los Angeles.

About 4:50 p.m. Monday, a man in a car drove up to a man standing on the 1900 block of 7th Street.

“The driver had a brief exchange with our victim,” Moore said. “Gunfire erupted and our victim sustained one gunshot wound and died at the scene.”

Moore said LAPD detectives connected the driver of the car on 7th Street to the shooting of the deputy in the fast-food restaurant based on the suspect’s description, his clothing and the vehicle description.

LASD Deputy Joseph Solano

LASD Deputy Joseph Solano

Capt. Kent Wegener, of the LASD’s Homicide Bureau, described how the suspect was taken into custody.

About 10 a.m. Tuesday, the suspect went into a church in Long Beach where he allegedly phoned his father in Utah, he said.

“During the phone call, he referred to committing murder in Southern California. The father called the Long Beach Police Department to report what his son had told him,” he said.

Long Beach police officers did a “reverse directory” search on the phone call made from Long Beach and, once they had an address, responded to that church.

Shortly after arriving there, the suspect was seen driving from the church. However, they recognized the white 2012 Kia Sorento suspected in the shooting, Wegener said.

Long Beach police carried out a felony stop and detained the suspect without incident.

Homicide detectives, who were then notified, went to Long Beach, picked up the suspect and drove him to an undisclosed location to be interviewed.

While Villanueva was updating reporters on the arrest, he said detectives were in the process of interviewing the suspected gunman.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect had committed other crimes since arriving in Southern California early this month.

Detectives said they recovered a revolver from the suspect’s car.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

2 Comments

  1. Travis levy says:

    Get the needle ready . Its time to put this animal down.

  2. Brian Stucka says:

    Best Regards to the fallen officer. Hoping for a full recovery.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Friday, Jun 14, 2019
Guardians of Geese at Bridgeport Urge Caution
A Bridgeport couple has uncovered some disheartening news for motorists who grind to a halt as they zip through Valencia, braking for a family of Canada geese, narrowly avoiding a collision with the large birds.
Friday, Jun 14, 2019
Homeless Population in Santa Clarita Rises Again
The city of Santa Clarita’s homeless population increased from 156 people in 2018 to 256 people in 2019, according to city-level data from the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released Friday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Friday, Jun 14, 2019
LASD Motorcycle Deputy Injured in Crash
A motorcycle deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was taken to the hospital mid-afternoon Friday, following a vehicle collision in Valencia.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1950 - Dedication of H.M. Newhall Memorial Park, aka Newhall Park [story]
1957 - Lang Station dedicated as State Historic Landmark No. 590 [story]
Lang Station
A Bridgeport couple has uncovered some disheartening news for motorists who grind to a halt as they zip through Valencia, braking for a family of Canada geese, narrowly avoiding a collision with the large birds.
Guardians of Geese at Bridgeport Urge Caution
The Santa Clarita City Council and MADD recognized Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies Chris Morgan, Tanner Sanchez and Mario Acosta Tuesday for their major role in helping keep local streets safe from drunken drivers.
Deputies Morgan, Sanchez, Acosta Lauded by City, MADD
The city of Santa Clarita’s homeless population increased from 156 people in 2018 to 256 people in 2019, according to city-level data from the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released Friday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Homeless Population in Santa Clarita Rises Again
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, June 18, starting at 9:30 a.m.
June 18 Meeting Agenda – LA County Supervisors
A motorcycle deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was taken to the hospital mid-afternoon Friday, following a vehicle collision in Valencia.
LASD Motorcycle Deputy Injured in Crash
The Santa Clarita City Council is expected to recognize June as Pride Month on Tuesday, drawing praise from the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or LGBTQ, community.
Santa Clarita City Council to Recognize June as Pride Month
American Coaster Enthusiasts, the world’s largest roller coaster enthusiasts club with more than 5,000 members, will hold their 42nd annual Coaster Con at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm from Sunday-Thursday, June 16-20.
June 16-20: Coaster Con 42 to Ride at Magic Mountain, Knott’s
Medicare doesn’t cover "free" genetic tests or cancer screenings unless a doctor who’s treating you orders them and they’re medically necessary.
Seniors: Say No to ‘Free’ Genetic Tests | Commentary by Greg Dill
Santa Clarita Valley-based all-saxophone chamber ensemble Saxtravaganza will present a free concert at Hart Hall in Wm. S. Hart Park in Newhall on Sunday, June 23, starting at 7 p.m.
June 23: Saxtravaganza Concert in Hart Hall at 7
Seven former students of the Castaic Union School District tell Signal reporter Caleb Lunetta why they returned to teach in the same district.
Former Students Return to Teach in Castaic Schools
Runners of all ages are invited to participate in College of the Canyons' 46th Annual Cross Country Summer Series Thursday evenings from July 11 to Aug. 15.
July 11-Aug. 15: COC Annual Cross Country Summer Series
Inland Empire scored a pair of unearned runs in the eighth inning, handing the JetHawks a 5-4 loss at The Hangar Thursday night.
Late Unearned Runs Cost Lancaster JetHawks Thursday
Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce) released a statement after the House Armed Services Committee completed its markup of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday.
Hill, Armed Services Panel Complete Defense Bill Markup
The air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday, June 15, according to the latest South Coast Air Quality Management District forecast.
AQMD: Air Quality in SCV Unhealthy on Saturday
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station joins the nation in observing Flag Day on Friday, June 14.
SCV Sheriff’s Station Joins in Flag Day Celebration
1916 - Jesse Doty buys White Star Garage; he turns it into Newhall's first Ford dealership [story]
White Star Garage
Benjamin Richter and Carmina Escobar, faculty of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, will perform in Ghost Ensemble’s upcoming concert Apophenia Wolf on Saturday, June 15, in New York City.
CalArts Faculty to Perform in Apophenia Wolf Concert
No more wondering what to do on Friday nights because Friday will be opening night as the sounds of live Jazz and Blues bands once again fill its new location at 24250 Town Center Drive outside the Westfield Valencia Town Center.
Lineup for Valencia Jazz & Blues Summer Concert Series Released
Logix Federal Credit Union announced Thursday that its newest branch at the Bridgeport Marketplace is now open. The location is next to Marston’s Restaurant.
Logix Express Branch at Bridgeport Marketplace Now Open
The William S. Hart Union High School District’s Governing Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Joanna White to become the new Director of Special Education. Mrs. White takes over for Sharon Amrhein who is retiring after 16 years with the District.
Hart District Appoints Joanna White New Director of Special Education
Here is a list of Santa Clarita arts-related events for Friday, June 14 - Wednesday, June 26:
June 14-June 26: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
LANCASTER – The Lancaster JetHawks opened their final series of the First Half with a bang, beating Inland Empire, 13-6, in front of a sellout crowd of 4,769 at The Hangar Wednesday night. The JetHawks set season-highs with 18 hits and nine extra-base hits.
JetHawks Pounce on Inland Empire with Season-High 18 Hits
%d bloggers like this: