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Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva arrives to a news conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Rhett Nelson, 30, of St. George, Utah, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy at a fast-food restaurant Monday, and authorities say they are investigating whether he may have killed another man an hour earlier in attacks that both appear to be random. (Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utah police say the man accused of shooting an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and killing another man an hour earlier had told his family he wanted to "make it on his own or die."
St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles says Rhett Nelson's family contacted authorities on May 27 and said he'd left their Utah home with a gun but they did not think he was suicidal or a danger to anyone else.
Police say Nelson shot Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano in the head Monday after fatally shooting a 30-year-old man in attacks that both appear to be random. Solano remains in grave condition.
Giles says no recent crimes involving Nelson have been reported to St. George police.
Los Angeles investigators are seeking potential victims because they believe he may have been involved in other incidents in California.
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