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Alleged Selma Cop Killer Is Convicted Felon. A Look at His Record.
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 1 year ago on
February 1, 2023

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The suspect in custody for the killing of a Selma police officer is well known to the court system.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nathaniel Michael Dixon, 23 of Selma, and charged him with murder, three firearms counts, and one count of violating probation.

He is accused of shooting and killing Officer Gonzalo Carrasco Jr. on Tuesday.

The convicted felon is being held without bail because he is on probation. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

A review of court documents shows he has been in the system several times over the past four years.

Released from Jail in 2022

Between 2019 and 2020, Dixon faced four separate court cases, for trespassing, drug charges, possessing a dirk or dagger, and second-degree robbery.

In July 2020, he pleaded no contest to the robbery charge, with the others dismissed. He was sentenced to three years probation by Judge Michael Idiart.

Dixon returned to court twice just a month later, in August 2020, on possession of a firearm and controlled substance charges. The cases were consolidated in court.

The court docket shows that Dixon pleaded no contest to two counts: possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was given a combined sentence of five years, four months on March 7, 2022, by Judge Samuel Dalesandro.

Dixon was granted probation in September, but it was revoked a month later because he failed to meet with the probation department. His probation terms were reinstated in November.

(GVWire Illustration/David Rodriguez)

Local Law Enforcement Blames Newsom

Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp blasted state leaders in a statement Tuesday evening. She blamed Gov. Gavin Newsom and members of the state Legislature allowing “time credits” to shorten sentences “in an effort to reduce the state prison population to reach their goals of closing more prison facilities.”

“Today, Governor Gavin Newsom, and every legislator in the state of California who supports this over-reaching phenomenon they try to disguise as legitimate criminal justice reform, has the blood of this officer on their hands,” Smittcamp said.

Fresno County Sheriff John Zanoni made similar statements earlier in the day.

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David Taub,
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Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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