Slain Georgia police officer to be laid to rest Thursday

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) – A funeral is planned Thursday for a Georgia sheriff’s deputy who was gunned down in a shootout northeast of Atlanta.

Authorities said 28-year-old Hall County Deputy Nicolas Dixon was killed exchanging gunfire with people who crashed a stolen car Sunday night in Gainesville.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office charged 17-year-old Hector Garcia Solis, who authorities identified as the shooter, with felony murder.

The sheriff says three other suspects have all been charged with being a party to a crime of felony murder.

Dixon’s funeral is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Free Chapel Worship Center in Gainesville, 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.

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