“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.