Scene of the crime (courtesy sfgate.com)

“A man armed with an assault rifle shot three sheriff’s deputies and a civilian, killing two of the deputies and leading dozens of police officers on a wild six-hour chase and manhunt Friday that spanned two Northern California counties before the 34-year-old suspect was taken into custody,” sfgate.com reports. “Marcelo Marquez, of Salt Lake City, was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn in Placer County after the shooting hours earlier in a strip mall in a commercial area of Sacramento, said Placer County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin. ‘This guy was on a one-man crime spree today. He has no idea of the damage he did,’ she said.” I find that hard to believe. But the cops also want credit for what didn’t happen . . .

“I think there’s those people who would say, ‘You know what, I wish you’d killed him,'” Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner said at a news conference. “Now, that’s not who we are. We are not him. We did our job.”

He identified his slain officer as sheriff’s homicide Det. Michael David Davis Jr. The 42-year-old detective died 26 years to the day after his father, for whom he is named, died in the line of duty as a Riverside County deputy sheriff.

Gov. Jerry Brown called the killings “a tragic reminder of the sacrifices we demand of our peace officers and the incredible courage they display as they protect our communities.”

Motive unknown. Jihadist? The chain of events:

Sacramento Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, approached a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot around 10:30 a.m. and was shot in the forehead at close range. Oliver, the first county deputy killed since 2008, was a 15-year veteran who leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

“He was not able to return fire or do anything,” Jones said. He said Oliver’s partner shot back as the vehicle fled.

Bonner later described Davis as an 18-year law enforcement officer. Davis leaves behind a wife and four children.

Bonner said the wounded deputy, Jeff Davis, is a 17-year veteran who was shot in the arm. He was released after treatment at a hospital.

About a mile away, the suspect attempted to steal a car, but shot the driver in the head when he refused to give up his keys, Jones said. He did not know the condition of that victim but said he was alive and conscious when he was transported.

The assailants then stole a pickup from Jose Cruz, who was gardening outside a client’s house in Sacramento . . .

The suspects then fled to neighboring Placer County, about 30 miles north of Sacramento.

Deputies swarmed the area, and the suspect shot two deputies with an AR-15-type assault weapon.

Laura Larson, who lives at the Auburn home where the suspect was apprehended, told KCRA-TV that her uncle was at home when Marquez broke in but her uncle survived. She said her family has “no idea who this guy is.”

Aside from the motive question, one wonders what new gun control law California legislators will enact in the aftermath of this horrific attack. Watch this space.

55 Responses to BREAKING: CA Cop Killer Caught

  1. Why would a guy from Utah kill California cops? Did he think it would be harder for them to find him, or did he think they would be easier targets?

    • He might have been a California native who lived in Utah recently. He might have thought that Californians are generally less well armed than Utahns, which is probably true. He might have wanted more attention, since California is one of “The States That Matter” (to the media, anyway).

      All in all, we don’t really know enough to say. Hopefully we’ll find out more about his motives.

      • That’s what I am fucking wondering to. What the hell is with people in our community jumping to conclusions just as fast as CNN now a days?

        Calm the f down people and be logical. Otherwise you are no better than the reactionary media we all hate.

        I am getting tired of the terrible speculation, not even remotely well done, being done by some of the writers recently. Nick generally does well about staying grounded but come on Robert you are better than the others in the Media.

        • You wanna bet? Burying your head in the sand when muslim fruitcakes are calling for jihad against Americans, particularly cops, military, and politicians, and suddenly people are swinging hatchets at cops and shooting them en masse, invading Canadian Parliament, etc, doesn’t make you some kind of saint, it shows you to be tone deaf. If not muslim inspired jihad, what would YOUR guess be?

        • My guess, absent evidence indicating otherwise, is that this was not a jihadist, but your garden-variety crazy asshole, because at present, they still outnumber jihadists in this country.

        • Drugs, voices in his head, a tumor (IT’S NOT A TOOMA), who knows? The police don’t. I don’t. You don’t. It needs to be investigated, then we’ll find out which of the many possibilities it actually is.

        • +1. these people know about as much about islam as the idiots who are appropriating it for violence.

    • At this point in this story your statement is no different than declaring that Trayvon Martin was murdered by a racist for walking while black. We simply don’t have that information yet.

  2. The big question now is: Will the recent school shooting and this fvkstains spree give anti-gun pols a emotional boost for the upcoming election? If it does, it will be followed by another federal legislation speculation resulting in gun and ammo price increases.

  3. “…one wonders what new gun control law California legislators will enact…”

    Double secret probation?

    It should work about as well as anything else.

    • Considering his AR-15 style rifle was probably already banned in multiple ways by multiple CA laws, and just possessing it in the state was likely multiple felonies to begin with, plus obviously trying to murder and successfully murdering are frowned upon — errr, actually, upon further research I see that’s a serious felony also — I don’t see how anybody could possibly, conceivably suggest that more firearms-related laws could have prevented this. Of course, I’m sure that won’t keep them from doing exactly that.

      • See, now they’re going to say that it’s Utah’s fault for not having the same level of gun control… because you apparently could not ambush a cop from a parked car with a single shot pistol, or even a good spear.

        • That is why we need more reasonable and sensible badly needed gun control legislation at a Federal level. This is why we need a national conversation about guns. See, I am Chatty Kathy, pull my string and I utter idiotic phrases.

  4. Given this guy’s long record I think we all agree we need new to react with common sense reductions in fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth amendment so called “rights.”

    • Given this guy’s long record, and that of several others recently, there is no reason at all to suspend any rights. A simple “3 violent crime convictions and we kill you” will suffice just fine. The world is overpopulated, we don’t need him.

  5. Hey California, how are those draconian gun laws working for you? They obviously weren’t stringent enough to dissuade this criminal. Wait…. Never mind, criminals don’t follow your silly laws! I’ll bet the ‘AR-15 type assault weapon’ DID NOT have a properly installed ‘bullet button’ either. Oh, the HUMANITY!!!!

    Meanwhile, the law abiding California gun owners are once again (still) shaking their heads wondering what the next round of gun laws to prevent this type of madness will entail. Good luck!

    • also there is a high probability of shoulder things that go up, and 30 round assault clips. Not to mention, especially this close to Halloween, ghost guns involved.

  6. >He identified his slain officer as sheriff’s homicide Det. Michael David Davis Jr.
    >The 42-year-old detective died 26 years to the day after his father, for whom he is named, died in the line of duty as a Riverside County deputy sheriff.

    Damn…

    • That’s what I was thinking. Condolences to the families of the slain officers. Too bad Davis’ partner didn’t connect with his intended target. Like you said… Damn.

  7. A sheriff’s SPOKESWOMAN calls it a ‘one man crime spree’, because the other defendant in the case is a woman? When those two morons shot a couple of Las Vegas cops before making their last stand in a Wal-mart, nobody said anything as silly as ‘one man spree’ then.

    I refuse to believe that all three deputies who were shot were collecting paychecks from the department of defense. It’s far more likely that the killer shot four civilians.

    • Wait, now, aren’t we mixing crime sprees here? I think your post covers at least two different shooters. Remember, the call to action has been issued to all muslim extremists, these murders are going on, coast to coast. The release above relates a case of a single man, another earlier covered a Hispanic couple (Hispanic muslims? I’ll have to hear that one for myself, sounds unlikely).

      Rereading, in some places it refers to suspects, plural. I’m confused.

      • Remember, the call to action has been issued to all muslim extremists, these murders are going on, coast to coast.

        Yeah, all three of them. It’s a real crime spree. The killing fields run red with the blood of innocents. I’m going to hide in my bunker now.

        • Yep, with all this terrorism, there’s no need to worry about driving a car anymore (33,561 fatalities in 2012).

  8. This started within 5 miles of my home. The ordeal ended only about 20 or so miles from me. Stories like this are why I own weapons. There’s a special place in Hell for those who murder LEOs & random, innocent people. I take solace in the fact that he will burn in agony there when he is gone

  9. $20 says they already traced the rifle and since they didn’t say anything, I bet it wasn’t anything to attack gun rights over. Probably was owned or purchased by his girlfriend. Maybe Commiefornia will try to put restrictions on transfers in place. Yeah, that always works well

  10. Sumpin’ ain’t right here:

    “Bonner later described Davis as an 18-year law enforcement officer. Davis leaves behind a wife and four children.

    Bonner said the wounded deputy, Jeff Davis, is a 17-year veteran who was shot in the arm. He was released after treatment at a hospital.”

    If Davis was released, why did he leave a wife and four children behind?

    • Because the Davis who left behind the family is the first Davis spoken of, and then they used the first name of another Davis to differentiate him from the first Davis. Reading, just like math, has an order of operations that becomes obvious if you’re paying attention.

  11. “Assault rifle”
    “AR-15-type assault weapon”

    What I want to know is, is the media getting these terms from the official police reports and statements, or are they just making stuff up as usual?

    • To be fair, California does actually have laws against and does specifically define what “assault rifles” and “assault weapons” are. Needless to say it’s all BS and I don’t agree with it, but in this particular instance I don’t really blame CA media or Law Enforcement for using the term as it is an official, legal definition in CA. For instance, you can’t jump on someone for saying “silencer” instead of “suppressor” as the Federal gov’t defines them as “silencers” and that’s what’s on all of your paperwork, etc. Even if you prefer “suppressor,” the term “silencer” is totally correct. After all, The Man says so.

    • I’d shit a brick if they were actually talking about an assault rifle. I’d bet my lefty that they are talking about an AR.

      If I had seen Jeremy’s reply sooner I may have refrained from making this comment. But whatever, I stand by it.

    • I am not above proceeding to insinuate this is true absent evidence. After all, as far as the opposition is concerned we are already all personally guilty of shooting these cops. In fact, the new rule should be “all shootings were done with a FnF gun until the government proves otherwise.”

  12. ‘This guy was on a one-man crime spree today. He has no idea of the damage he did,’

    really? really ? he knew exactly the damage he INTENDED to do, and he didn’t care !! if someone had shown him video in advance of his spree, i am sure he would have been repentant, and decide not to do it.

    but the quote is just another case of saying something sensitive, instead of calling this guy out and hurling loud accusations that criminals like this deserve neither understanding, nor polite treatment. what we need is to bring back the concept of ‘outlaw’. that is, outside the law, target for whomever is willing to take them down.

    borrowed phrase:
    ‘a responsible citizen comes upon crime or injustice and asks, “what can i do to change things?”. a liberal (democrat) comes upon crime or injustice ans asks, “what can i do to get someone else to change things?”

  13. I really believe it!!! Because anything you see on TV is true you know? Any of you posters on here know the guy? Any of you know the cops or there families? Freaking Hollywood bullshit…. If it is true, only 450000000000 Mexicans blacks and liberals to go!!!

  14. Aside from the motive question, one wonders what new gun control law California legislators will enact in the aftermath of this horrific attack. Anything they can.

  15. Not that it matters, but for accuracies sake.

    He wasn’t a muslim.

    Being a mexican he was almost certainly catholic.

    He had been deported twice and had a drug conviction so the likely motive for the shooting was just panic. Doesn’t really change anything, it’s still a horrible thing, but perhaps some facts change this from something that isn’t understood and is scary (Islam) to something you do understand a criminal trying not to be deported or arrested (not so scary).

    Quite honestly it’s a tad irresponsible to suggest he or his wife were jihadist. You don’t need to follow a certain religion to pull a trigger. Virtually none of the violence you see has a genesis in religion. Religion is but a tool used to advance other goals that drive violence like politics or economic or human rights.

  16. U.S. immigration officials said Saturday that the man accused of killing two Northern California sheriff’s deputies Friday is a convicted drug dealer who was twice deported from the country.”

    Anyone who votes Dem or RINO instead of for a conservative-close-the-borders Republican is a schmuck.

    • I looked it up. Lots of places in CA, but not Sacramento or Placer County.
      Funny that the same leftists who think it’s a crime to pass a resolution against the enforcement of federal 2A violations think it’s a great idea to pass a resolution against the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
      And the same Eric Holder who thinks local cops should enforce federal drug and gun laws will sue a state that enforces federal immigration laws.

  17. Since he was driving a “suspicious” vehicle and was with his wife, plus the fact that he was a Mexican national illegally in this country, armed with a rifle, makes this almost certainly a crime that has something to do with the Mexican drug trade. Nor killing for the sake of killing, not jihadi murder spree, just someone who didn’t want to be arrested.

    So says my speculation for the day.

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