Suspect Held After 3 California Deputies Shot

1 officer killed in shootings across two counties
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 24, 2014 6:19 PM CDT
Suspect Held After 3 California Deputies Shot
Law enforcement officers gather at the site where a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy was shot.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

An assailant shot and killed a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy and wounded two other deputies and a bystander today during a series of shootings that spanned more than 30 miles through two California counties. After a search in the Sierra Nevada foothills this afternoon, a suspect has been taken into custody; he has been identified as Marcelo Marquez, 34, the Sacramento Bee reports. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones says deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was killed after he approached a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot this morning and was shot in the forehead at close range.

A Placer County Sheriff's spokeswoman says 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 earlier taken into custody; authorities say she had a handgun in her purse. During the search for the suspect, residents in the rural area were urged to stay indoors and schools were on lockdown; one high school was evacuated. (Read more Sacramento stories.)

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