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St George Man Arrested for Shooting Cop

St George Man Arrested for Shooting Cop
June 12
08:56 2019


A 30-year-old St. George man has been arrested for shooting a southern California police officer in the back of his head.  He is also a suspect in a murder that occurred about an hour earlier.

Rhett Nelson is accused of the attempted murder of Los Angeles County Sheriff deputy Joe Salano, 50, on Monday.
Salano was off-duty and in plainclothes when he was shot while standing in line at a Jack in the Box in Alhambra.  He is in grave condition and on life support.
Nelson’s father contacted police after he said his son called him from a church and said he had murdered two people.
Nelson’s family reported him missing in May.  A flyer distributed at the time said he had a history of opiate abuse.
The shooting was captured by security cameras.
A 30-year-old man was killed in the earlier shooting.

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