Arrests Made in Councilman Garcia’s Slaying


FAIRFIELD, CA — Police have arrested two suspects in the shooting death of Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia.

Fairfield Police Chief Kenton Rainey says 45-year-old Gene Allen Combs of Suisun City and 33-year-old Nicole Stewart of Fairfield were arrested early Saturday. Police are still searching for a third suspect, Henry Don Williams, a 32-year-old convicted felon.

Rainey says the Combs and Stewart were booked at Solano County Jail on suspicion of murder, conspiracy and use of a firearm.

The police chief declined to discuss a motive for the slaying or say whether Garcia knew the suspects.

The 22-year-old councilman was fatally shot on Sept. 1 as he stepped out of his car outside a friend's home in Cordelia.
Two arrested for allegedly killing Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia

Bay City News Service

The Fairfield Police Department announced two arrests today in the investigation of the shooting death of 22-year-old Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia.

Gene Allen Combs, 45, of Suisun City, and Nichole Stewart, a 33-year-old Fairfield resident were arrested for the murder of Garcia and booked into the Solano County Jail early this morning, Deputy Chief of Police Paul Bockrath said.

Garcia, who was elected to the City Council in November when he was 21 years old, was shot in the back of the head Sept. 1 outside a friend's home in the 5000 block of Silverado Drive in Cordelia.

Still wanted in connection with Garcia's murder investigation is Henry Don Williams, who police say goes by Cali or Collie. Williams is 32 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 180 pounds. He has black short hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Williams is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department at (707) 428-7790 or Solano County Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-STOP.

The Solano County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the city of Fairfield and the county of Solano have partnered to offer an additional $150,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

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