Suspect arrested in death of California deputy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say they have apprehended a suspect in the fatal shooting of one deputy and the shooting of two other deputies and a bystander.
Placer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin says 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn.
The shooting spree spanned 30 miles through two California counties.
Marquez was taken in at a home about 30 miles northwest of the Sacramento neighborhood where a Sacramento County deputy was killed earlier in the day.
The condition of the other two deputies and the bystander was not immediately known.
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An assailant shot and killed a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy and wounded two other deputies and a bystander Friday during a series of shootings that spanned 30 miles through two California counties and prompted a massive manhunt for the suspect.
Deputies were searching a steep, tree-lined river canyon in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Auburn Friday afternoon for a man armed with a rifle who was suspected in all four shootings.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said at an afternoon news conference that Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was killed after he approached a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot Friday morning and was shot in the forehead at close range. Oliver was a 15-year veteran who leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
"If the suspect was willing to shoot an officer unprovoked, then no one is safe," Jones said.
Jones did not know a motive. Oliver was the first county deputy killed since 2008.
"He was not able to return fire or do anything," Jones said. He said Oliver's partner was able to shoot back as the vehicle fled the scene.
"We live as a family, today we grieve as a family," Jones said.
Placer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin told The Associated Press that two deputies from her department also were shot in Auburn, about 30 miles north of Sacramento, as the manhunt continued. The conditions of the other two deputies and the bystander were not immediately known.
A woman who was with the man was taken into custody in Placer County and authorities said she had a handgun in her purse.
Residents in the rural area were being urged to stay indoors and schools were on lockdown as multiple law enforcement agencies searched for the remaining suspect.
An area high school was surrounded by law enforcement and students at two schools were being evacuated. The Placer Union High School District said all Auburn-area schools were in lockdown and the district asked parents not to come to any of its three high school campuses.
The dramatic events began around 10:30 a.m. when the Sacramento County deputy was shot as he approached a suspicious occupied vehicle in a parking lot in a commercial area.
Jones called the aftermath of the initial shooting "really the worst-case scenario."
"You have an officer that has been fatally wounded. You have other officers that are responding to the scene," he said. "At the same time, they have to apprehend the suspect who, it became very clear, was continuing on a course of criminal conduct."
The driver of the vehicle and a female passenger fled the scene. A person was later shot in the head in a residential area of Sacramento County when he refused to give up the keys to a vehicle, Jones said. He did not know the victim's condition but said he was alive and conscious when he was transported.
The assailants then took a pickup truck from Jose Cruz, who was gardening outside a client's house in Sacramento.
Cruz told The Sacramento Bee that a man in a white Ford Mustang convertible told him he needed a favor: "I need your keys," the man said. "Hurry up, because they're chasing me."
The man pointed a gun at Cruz and had a bloody shirt wrapped around his other arm. But he helped Cruz unhitch his work trailer before driving off.
"I feel lucky that he didn't hurt me," Cruz said. "When they pull (a gun) on you, you don't know if it's loaded, then in one second, they pull a trigger and that's it."
The suspects then fled to neighboring Placer County, where the assailant is suspected of shooting two Placer County sheriff's deputies.
Erwin said a citizen reported seeing a vehicle that matched the description of the stolen red truck.
"Our deputies swarmed the area, found the truck. The suspect fired a shot, hit one of our deputies and fled into the American River Canyon area," she said. She said the suspect used a rifle to shoot the deputy, who was taken to the nearby Roseville Medical Center for treatment. She later confirmed that a second Placer County deputy also had been shot.
House painter Sean Smith of Sacramento said he was working on the Auburn mayor's home when he heard a series of gunshots.
"Once I heard the rapid fire, I knew it was a shootout," he said. "Within 10 minutes there were sirens all over the place and six helicopters screaming overhead."
Associated Press writers Judy Lin, Juliet Williams and Alina Hartounian, and AP Photographer Rich Pedroncelli, contributed to this story.
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