At approximately 11:45am on January 31, 2023, Officer Gonzalo Carrasco, Jr., with the Selma Police Department, was patrolling the 2600 block of Pine Street when he was flagged down by a homeowner regarding a suspicious man on her property. Officer Carrasco exited his patrol vehicle to make contact with the man, identified as 23-year-old Nathaniel Dixon. As Carrasco approached, Dixon immediately fired several shots, striking Officer Carrasco. Dixon then took off running while still armed with his gun. A citizen called 911 reporting an officer shot.
Selma Police officers, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies, Cal Fire firefighters and Selma EMS responded and provided medical aid to Officer Carrasco. He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center and taken to surgery, but tragically did not survive.
Multiple officers and deputies responded to the area in search of the suspect. A Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Dixon near Fig and Sequoia streets and he was taken into custody. Dixon’s gun was later recovered a short distance from where he was arrested.
Officer Gonzalo Carrasco, Jr., age 24, is a two-year veteran of the Selma Police Department and is survived by his parents, brother, sisters, and girlfriend, who is currently pregnant with their child. This marks the first line of duty death for the Selma Police Department, which was formed in 1893.
The Fresno County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is supporting the Selma Police Officer’s Association by establishing a memorial fund in which all donations will be given to Officer Carrasco’s family. Please send contributions to:
Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association
C/O Selma POA Memorial Fund
1360 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721