Funeral set for Selma Police Officer Gonzalo Carrasco, who was killed in the line of duty
Funeral services for Selma Police Officer Gonzalo Carrasco Jr. will be in downtown Fresno.
The services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Fresno Convention Center. It will be open to the public.
Carrasco was killed Tuesday while on patrol as he attempted to talk to a man in the front yard of a home, according to Fresno County Sheriff John Zanoni.
The 24-year-old native of Reedley had been an officer since May 2021 and was a father-to-be.
Carrasco was on a routine patrol about 11:52 a.m. Tuesday in a residential neighborhood of Selma west of Highway 99, Zanoni said.
As Carrasco approached the man — whom police have identified as 23-year-old Nathaniel Dixon, a felon on probation — the officer and the man spoke briefly, Zanoni said.
Carrasco turned his car around and as he passed by again, a homeowner told the officer that Dixon did not belong on the property.
The officer got out of his car and Dixon shot the officer multiple times with a .223-caliber “style assault rifle” that was classified as a ghost gun — illegally obtained and purchased in parts before being reassembled, Zanoni said.
Many paid respects to Carrasco this past week, some at a vigil in downtown Selma.
How to help slain Selma officer’s family
The Selma High basketball team is selling “Selma Strong” T-shirts for $25 to honor Carrasco.
Proceeds will go to Carrasco’s family.
Donations for the family also can be made through the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) website or sent to the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association (c/o Selma POA Memorial Fund), 1360 Van Ness Ave., Fresno 93721