A violent shooting that left three deputies shot prompted a massive manhunt that eventually led to the gunman being captured this week. The suspect is now in custody and was said to be the cause of a “one man crime spree,” being charged with killing 2 police officers and wounding two others. Fox News offers the latest update on this intense news story this Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Some commenters have wished that officers would have killed the suspect responsible for having 3 deputies shot, but Placer county police are saying that they did the right thing in keeping the gunman alive. He is believed to have shot and killed 2 deputies, injured another official as well as a civilian before finally being forced to surrender to authorities. The manhunt involved hundreds of people, and even then, it was difficult to corner the offender.
“I think there’s those people who would say, ‘You know what, I wish you’d killed him,'” Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner declared in a statement at a news conference yesterday night. “Now, that’s not who we are. We are not him. We did our job.”
The gunman has been identified, and his name is now being shared with the public — Marcelo Marquez of Utah, who is currently being treated at a state hospital for wounds he sustained during the final stand off with law enforcement officers. In this 34-year-old’s one man crime spree, he went on a violent rampage that included theft, murder, and evasion of police. Marquez was taken into official custody with an unidentified female suspect as well yesterday evening.
Their motives are still being examined, confirmed Sergeant Lisa Bowman. The spokeswoman also said that their is a tremendous loss and respect given to the three officers shot for their duty and service, particularly the 2 police officers who were killed in one of the shootouts.
According to RT News this morning, the fatal string of crimes began shortly before 11 a.m. on Friday morning. Marcelo Marquez used an assault rifle and opened fire on 47-year-old Deputy Danny Oliver. Sources said that he was shot directly in the forehead and killed instantly outside of a Sacramento County Motel 6 parking lot. He leaves behind two children and a loving wife.
“He was not able to return fire or do anything,” Sheriff Scott Jones later shared in a public statement. However, he did note that his partner did fire several return shots at the suspect.
Before the manhunt ensued, the police officer reported that the car from which the shot was fired contained a man (believed to be Marquez) and an undisclosed woman inside. The couple only made it a mile before stealing another man’s car. When the civilian tried to fend them off, he was also shot in the head. The male victim currently remains in critical condition. A third vehicle — a Ford pickup — was then said to be carjacked by Marquez and his companion. This time, the theft victim said he gave his truck up without question.
“I need a favor,” the man recalled the cop killer saying. “What’s the favor?” “Your keys,” Marquez replied, “And hurry up, because they’re chasing me…I don’t want to hurt you.”
Several hours later, in Placer County, the final showdown took place. A second deputy, M42-year-old Michael David Davis Jr., was shot and killed in the gunfire exchange after the confirmed gunman began shooting at them with an assault weapon, believed to be an AR-15. Another police officer was injured with a bullet wound to the arm. He is expected to make a full recovery.
“This guy was on a one-man crime spree today. He has no idea of the damage he did,” a police spokeswoman concluded.
It was concluded that tear gas was used to finally smoke Marquez and his female accomplice out of a local house they were taking refuge in. The search for the gunman involved a massive manhunt. that included dozens of police officers, search dogs, rescue teams, and even helicopter assistance. The damage was indeed great — three officers shot, 2 killed, and 2 others were wounded. A formal statement was offered in memory of the brave men killed in the line of duty.
“These brutal murders,” an authority stated, “…are a tragic reminder of the sacrifices we demand of our peace officers and the incredible courage they display as they protect our communities.”