Armed with an AR-15-type assault weapon, Marcelo Marquez, 34, of Salt Lake City is the primary suspect in the shootings of three Northern California sheriff’s deputies on Oct. 24 in Sacramento County and Placer County. Of the three deputies shot yesterday, two of those officers died. A civilian carjacking victim was also seriously wounded, according to Fox News.
Following a carjacking and an all hands on board manhunt and six-hour chase that started in Sacramento County and stretched into neighboring Placer County, Marquez and a female companion were arrested yesterday in Auburn, California. Investigators are still searching for a motive as to why those three officers were shot. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital following his arrest for unspecified injuries.
The shooting began yesterday morning around 10:30 am when 47-year-old Danny Oliver, a deputy with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office was shot in the forehead at close range with an assault rifle. Oliver was investigating a suspicious vehicle parked at a Motel 6 parking lot when he got shot.
The 15-year veteran of the force died at the scene. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. Regarding the assault, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said that Oliver was not able to return fire, but Oliver’s partner shot at the suspect.
The car, which had a man and woman inside, then drove about a mile and the couple tried to carjack a driver and shot him in the head when he refused to give up his keys, authorities said.
Anthony Holmes, 38, of Sacramento, was listed in serious condition at a hospital Friday night.
The two suspects stole another car and then stole a pickup truck from a gardener working at a property in Sacramento. The owner of the pickup, Jose Cruz, told police that the suspect told him “I need a favor.” When Cruz asked what the favor was, he said that the suspect, who had a bloodied shirt wrapped around his arm, pointed a gun at him and replied “Your keys. Hurry up, because they’re chasing me…I don’t want to hurt you.”
That’s when Marquez and his female companion sped off in the direction of Placer County. Deputies in Placer County spotted the pickup when it stopped along the side of the road. When the deputies approached the vehicle, shots were fired from inside the truck with an AR-15-type assault weapon.
Homicide Detective Michael David Davis Jr., 42, died at a hospital – 26 years to the day after his father, for whom he was named, died in the line of duty as a Riverside County deputy sheriff in Southern California.
Davis was a 15-year veteran of the department and a father of four.
A third deputy, Jeff Davis, was shot in the arm and released from a nearby hospital after being treated for his wound. Regarding the shooter, SFGATE quoted a spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office as saying “This guy was on a one-man crime spree today. He has no idea of the damage he did.”
The six-hour chase and search for the shooter culminated at a nearby home. Marquez ran into a house in a Placer County neighborhood where he was eventually flushed out by police with tear gas. By that time, dozens of deputies were on the scene.
No-one inside the Auburn home where Marquez was apprehended was hurt. The woman who lived at the house said that she had “no idea who this guy is.” For more on the three deputies shot in California yesterday, see the video accompanying this article.