A man armed with an assault rifle shot and killed two California sheriff’s deputies and wounded another deputy and a motorist in separate incidents Friday in and around Sacramento
A man armed with an assault rifle shot and killed two California sheriff's deputies and wounded another deputy and a motorist in separate incidents Friday in and around Sacramento, authorities reported.
After a six-hour chase and manhunt, a suspect, Marcelo Marquez, 34, was taken into custody in Placer County Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn, 30 miles northwest of Sacramento.
A woman who was with the man earlier was taken into custody in Placer County, and authorities said she had a handgun in her purse.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones says a deputy was killed after he approached a suspicious vehicle and was shot in the forehead.
Jones identified the deputy as 47-year-old Danny Oliver, who had served with the department for 15 years. He leaves a wife and two daughters.
In nearby Placer County, sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin says one of her department's deputies was killed after he was shot with an AR-15-type assault rifle.
Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner identified the slain officer as homicide Detective Michael David Davis Jr., 42. Davis had been with the department since 1999. He leaves his wife and four children.
Bonner said Davis' father, an officer in Riverside County, was killed in the line of duty exactly 26 years ago Friday. A second Placer deputy, was shot in the arm but was treated and released from a hospital.
Flags at the state Capitol were ordered flown at half-staff and Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement extending his sympathy to the families of the slain officers.
Their "brutal murders," Brown said, "…are a tragic reminder of the sacrifices we demand of our peace officers and the incredible courage they display as they protect our communities."
Officers chased the suspect for hours in a manhunt spanning the two counties after the suspect shot three deputies and a bystander. The condition of the bystander was not immediately known.