Two California deputies killed in shooting spree, two others injured

By REUTERS
October 25, 2014 05:26
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Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said.

The two suspects, described on Twitter by the California Highway Patrol as a man and a woman, both Hispanic and heavily armed, were taken into custody, police said.

The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L. Davis.

Someone inside the car fired multiple rounds at Oliver, who was struck in the chest. On Friday afternoon, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said that Oliver had died of his wounds at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento.

After shooting Oliver, the car's occupants then carjacked a vehicle nearby, shooting the man who was at the wheel before fleeing, Davis said.

They then stole a third vehicle and are believed to have crossed into neighboring Placer County, shooting two sheriff's deputies there, Davis said.

One of the deputies later died, the Placerville Sheriff's Department said. The deputy was not identified as of Friday afternoon.

The female suspect was taken into custody earlier on Friday afternoon, the Sacramento Bee reported. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department confirmed that she was "with law enforcement," but said it was not clear whether she was still viewed as a suspect.

The man, identified as Marcelo Marquez, 34, was taken into custody at around 4 p.m. after he was found hiding in a suburban home, the Placer County Sheriff's Department said. Businesses in the town of Auburn, where the man fled, were put on lockdown for much of Friday afternoon. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Sandra Maler and Eric Beech)

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