Investigator Michael David Davis, Jr.
Placer County Sheriff’s Department, California
End of Watch: Friday, October 24, 2014
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 24, 2014
Weapon Used: Rifle; AR-15
Suspect Info: In custody
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Edward Bonner
Placer County Sheriff’s Department
2929 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CO 95603
Phone: (530) 889-7800
Investigator Michael Davis was shot and killed during a massive manhunt for the murderer of Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, a short time earlier.
The subject who murdered Deputy Oliver, and his female accomplice, had carjacked a vehicle and fled up I-80 and exited at Auburn, before stopping on the side of the road. Investigator Davis and his partner spotted the vehicle and began to approach it when the male subject opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, striking both officers.
Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Investigator Davis succumbed to his wounds.
The female subject was arrested at the scene while the male subject fled into a residential area. He was taken into custody several hours later.
Investigator Davis had served with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years.
Investigator Davis’ father, Investigator Michael Davis Sr., was killed in the line of duty on October 24th, 1988, while serving with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Their line of duty deaths occurred exactly 26 years apart to the day.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —A man armed with a rifle who shot three Northern California sheriff’s deputies, killing two, was apprehended after a manhunt Friday that spanned two counties, authorities said.
Marcelo Marquez, 34, was arrested just before 4 p.m. at a home in Auburn after leading officers on a wild six-hour chase.
Jennelle Manroy, who authorities said was with Marquez during the crime spree, was also arrested.
Marquez, of Salt Lake City, is suspected in four shootings that took place Friday, including the deadly shootings of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Det. Michael David Davis Jr.
Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner said Friday evening that Davis would have been 43 on Wednesday. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
The 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 in Southern California.
Flags at the state Capitol were ordered flown at half-staff and Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement extending his sympathy to the families of the slain officers.
Their "brutal murders," Brown said, "…are a tragic reminder of the sacrifices we demand of our peace officers and the incredible courage they display as they protect our communities."
The slaying of the deputies was the single deadliest day for California law enforcement since February 2013.
"I think there are those people who would say, ‘I wish you’d killed him.’ No, that’s not who we are. We are not him. We did our job," said Bonner. "I am incredibly proud of the men and woman who go out there everyday and put their lives on the line. Today, this organization, this family has suffered a horrific loss, and my heartfelt thanks to all those who reached out to us."
A second Placer County sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the arm is expected to survive.
"(We are) just really mad. This guy was on a one-man crime spree, and he has no idea the damage he did. It’s gonna take a long time for us to not be mad," Placer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Deana Erwin told reporters.
The deadly chain of events began at 10:30 a.m. when Oliver and his partner went to check on a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Motel 6 on Arden Way.
A person in the vehicle opened fire and Oliver was hit in thorehead. He later died from his wounds, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said during a news conference.
"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.
Oliver is the first Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy to die in the line of duty since Nov. 12, 2008.
"To the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department: We live as a family, today we will grieve as a family and tomorrow we will start healing as a family. I pray for each and every one of you that you will find the courage that I know you have," Jones said.
Deputies said Marquez and Manroy were involved in multiple carjackings in Sacramento County after the shooting on Arden Way.
During an attempted carjacking on Howe Avenue, a driver was shot five times after he refused to give his keys to the suspect.
Family members identified the driver as Anthony Holmes, 38.
He is in serious condition at UC Davis Medical Center.
Marquez and the woman were able to carjack a Mustang vehicle at Spanos Court before ditching the car and carjacking a red 2002 Ford F-150 truck at Coronado and Castec drives, authorities said.
The Ford F-150 truck was spotted by the two Placer County deputies a couple of hours later in south Auburn.
An exchange of gunfire took place and both deputies were hit, sheriff’s officials said.
Manroy was taken into custody not far from the scene. Her name has not been released.
She was booked into the Placer County Jail, and authorities said she had a handgun in her purse.
Marquez was able to get away and a search continued in the south Auburn area until he was apprehended at the home on Belmont Drive.
During the search, all Auburn schools were placed on lockdown.
Placer High School and Skyridge Elementary School students were evacuated. Placer High School’s homecoming football game against Bear River that was scheduled for 7:30 has been postponed until Saturday.
Marquez was identified by law enforcement officers as the suspect in the shooting of Oliver after he left his ID on the dashboard of one of the vehicles.
After he was apprehended, Marquez was taken to a hospital in Auburn after he was shot in the hand.
He will then be transported to the Placer County Jail.